Multicultural Student Services on Campus
Building Bridges, Re-visioning Community

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
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Series: An ACPA Publication
For new professionals in multicultural student services (MSS), this book constitutes a thorough introduction to the structure, organization, and scope of the services and educational mission of these units. For senior practitioners it offers insights for re-evaluating their strategies, and inspiration to explore new possibilities.

The book discusses the history and philosophy of MSS units; describes their operation; asserts the need for integration and coherence across the multiple facets of their work and how their role is influenced by the character and type of their institutions; and considers the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The theme Building Bridges, Re-Visioning Community reflects the dual role of MSS. They “build bridges” between underrepresented student populations and the broader institutional environment, between different groups of student populations, and across differences in cultural values and traditions. At a time of increasing diversity on campus, their role is also to champion the “re-visioning” or redefinition of what constitutes community in higher education – in other words to reach beyond serving their traditional constituencies to educate for multicultural competence, and advocate for social justice across the campus commons.

This book is organized in four sections moving the reader from the past to the present to the future, and from a service mission to an educational one. Part One reviews the purposes for which MSS were created, and the evolution of their vision, concluding an overview of how units perceive their needs and challenges today.

Part Two addresses a range of issues – such as race/ethnicity, sexual orientation / gender identity, and religion/faith diversity – commonly addressed by MSS, and, in recognizing the tensions inherent in serving such disparate constituencies, advances ideas for bringing greater integration and coherence to their work.

Part Three considers how institutional context influences the structure and organization of MSS, and addresses such questions as: Who are they serving? What kind of support services and educational programming can they provide? How broadly or narrowly should they define their role, and can they extend their influence through alliances with other campus units?

The book concludes by looking at how MSS can re-vision community to ensure their continued relevance to the college or university community.

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Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements

BUILDING BRIDGES, RE-VISIONING COMMUNITY: AN INTRODUCTION - Dafina Lazarus Stewart

PART ONE – HISTORY & EVOLUTION OF MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES
1. Remembering Our Past to Shape Our Future - V. Leilani Kupo
2. Historical & Philosophical Development of Multicultural Student Services -Bettina C. Shuford
3. A Demographic Profile of Multicultural Student Services - Dafina Lazarus Stewart & Brian K. Bridges

PART TWO – MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES AFFIRMING & INTEGRATING DIVERSITY
4. Engaging Race in Multicultural Student Services - Lori D. Patton, Jessica Ranero, & Kimberly Everett
5. Engaging Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity in Multicultural Student Services - Nicholas A. Negrete & Christopher Purcell
6. Engaging Religious & Faith Diversity in Multicultural Student Services - Jenny L. Small
7. BridgingIntegrated Identities to Integrated Services - Mary Grace A. Almandrez & Felicia J. Lee

PART THREE – DIVERSE CONTEXTS, SIMILAR GOALS
8. Multicultural Student Services at Private, Liberal Arts Colleges - Kimberly M. Ferguson & Timeka L. Thomas-Rashid
9. Multicultural Student Services at Public Institutions - Dorian McCoy
10. Multicultural Student Services at Community Colleges - Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher & Stanley Bazile
11. Multicultural Student Services at Minority-Serving Institutions: Historically Black Institutions - Kevin D. Rome Sr.
12. Multicultural Student Services at Minority-Serving Institutions: Tribal Colleges - Les D. Riding In & Robert Longwell-Grice

PART FOUR – BUILDING BRIDGES
13. Negotiating Purpose & Context - Becky Petitt & David McIntosh
14. Developing Collaborations within Student Affairs - Walter M. Kimbrough & Caretta Cooke
15. Developing Collaborations with Academic Affairs - Corinne Maekawa Kodama & Kisa J. Takesue
16. Working with the Majority - Jamie Washington
17. Preparing Diversity Change Leaders - C. Carney Strange & Dafina Lazarus Stewart
18. Multicultural Competency & Social Justice Advocacy - Robert D. Reason & Kenjus T. Watson
19. Conclusion: Re-visioning the Future of Multicultural Student Services - Kathleen Manning & Frank Michael Muñoz

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“The authors offer a collective vision of multicultural student services (MSS) that takes the best of what we have learned in the past to move forward in re-visioning the higher education community of the future. This is a bold vision of a newly-fashioned MSS that connects and integrates issues of race and ethnicity with those of sexual orientation, gender identity and religious expression, and takes MSS away from the margins of student and academic affairs units to become a key venue to assist in building transformative and democratic campus communities.
"Like Sankofa, the mythic bird that flies forward while looking backward, the authors offer a collective vision of MSS that takes the best of what we have learned in the past to move forward in re-visioning the higher education community of the future. This is a bold vision of a newly-fashioned MSS that: 1) connects and integrates issues of race and ethnicity with those of sexual orientation, gender identity and religious expression, 2) advocates Critical Race Theory as the key lens where MSS can operate, 3) takes MSS away from the margins of student and academic affairs units to become a key venue to assist in building transformative and democratic campus communities, 4) involves the education of majority students as allies for social justice, and 5) integrates multicultural competence with social justice advocacy. I envision MSS as the golden egg in Sankofa’s mouth symbolizing the full potential of MSS to take center stage in the transformation of higher education as a socially just organization that emancipates consciousness as it welcomes, supports and validates the full diversity of its students.
- Laura I. Rendón, Professor at the University of Texas-San Antonio , and author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy
“This book represents a milestone in the treatment of multicultural services in the literature. It not only expands our understanding of history, but it deepens our consideration of the breadth of issues that must be considered as future multicultural services structures are constructed. Multicultural Student Services on Campus is written in a style that makes the conversation on the vital role of multicultural services accessible to leaders at all levels of the campus community. This book should be on the reading list of any leader concerned with making responsible, informed decisions about how to approach the future of multicultural services on their campus.”
- Larry D. Roper, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Oregon State University