Conversations about Race

By Angela R. Ausbrooks and Sherri S. Benn.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Race/ethnicity and related issues have been a consistent presence in the United States for many decades. However, there appears to be no consensus regarding how to address and resolve these issues. This mixed methods study involved exploration of one method of resolution-trans-racial conversations. The qualitative findings are discussed in this article. Participants included African American/Black and White female faculty, staff, and students, at a University in the southwest. One of the key findings indicates that participants were engaging in conversations about race, however, White participants did so primarily with family and friends, rather than cross-racially. These and other findings as well as implications for practice and higher education are discussed.

Keywords: Race, Culture, Women

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 792.851KB).

Dr. Angela R. Ausbrooks

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, TX, USA

Dr. Ausbrooks is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Texas State University-San Marcos. She primarily teaches practice, research, and human development courses. Dr. Ausbrooks has worked in the child welfare field, conducted diversity education trainings and workshops, and has been a trainer and classroom educator for over 10 years. Her research interests include resilience, youth development, youth violence, diversity and multicultural awareness.

Dr. Sherri S. Benn

Associate Vice President/Director, Student Affairs/Multicultural Student Affairs, Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, TX, USA

Dr. Benn has worked for Texas State University-San Marcos for almost 20 years. She is currently Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Multicultural Student Affairs. Dr. Benn is also adviser for several student organizations, one of which, Interruptions, is a peer-education, anti-racism advocacy group. Dr. Benn has a strong interest in multiculturalism, diversity, and enhancing multicultural awareness for all people within the university community.


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