This paper discusses the aftermath of an off-campus fight involving students of color and local residents at a small liberal arts college. The discussion begins with a general description of the college and relevant elements of its strategic plan before considering the complaints minority students presented in community and classroom discussions and the college’s response presented in committee reports and memos from the president. The paper argues that institutional framing of diversity sustains a demand that students represent race, a demand that invites misrecognition and supports marginalization. The discussion concludes with suggestions for change. While the case described involves a single campus, the campus is similar to other traditionally white colleges in the United States.
|Keywords:||Diversity, Race, Higher Education|
Associate Professor, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA