RACE ON CAMPUS:
Debunking Myths with Data
Topic Leader: Susan Vega García
Meeting: LMT 12.11
Please read the following & be prepared to discuss at our meeting:
Note: This chapter summarizes the entire book, how our brains make shortcuts, and how we can challenge ourselves to remain mindful of these patterns and interrupt them in order to further our own DEI learning.
1. In Chapter 7, Park discusses different forms of bias to which we are all susceptible and how, despite exposure to what she calls "disconfirming" evidence, we tend to be "incapable of changing our minds." (p. 146)
2. Park reviews how universities may conflate data to show how diverse their student enrollments are; the example given on p. 148 is a university boasting that 71% of their students are "students of color," yet the fine print shows only 2% of the enrollment was African American.
3. In the section "The Work is Far from Done," Park concludes that diversity and inclusion are "inseparably symbiotic concepts" that require constant "attention, maintenance, and proactive initiative" because the work is never done. At the same time, she points out how university DEI efforts, ethnic studies programs, cultural competence efforts, etc. are also "all too fragile," easily dismantled and "perpetually underfunded." (pp. 150-153)
4. Park ends her book by introducing antiracism as a necessary component of DEI work. Like DiAngelo's White Fragility, Park states none of us is immune from racism and that "...we all carry part of the disease of America's original sin." (p. 154)