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

Paper: 978 1 57922 374 8 / $37.50
Published: June 2011  

Cloth: 978 1 57922 373 1 / $95.00
Published: June 2011  

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
288 pp., 6" x 9"
Series: ACPA Books co-published with Stylus Publishing
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:


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

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

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

13. Negotiating Purpose and 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 and 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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Reviews & Endorsements:
"This volume takes a close look at the current challenges facing multicultural student services (MSS) as they are conceived across a variety of institutional settings. Probing both MSS’s historical origins and how it is currently implemented, the book focuses primarily on services framed around race and ethnicity, with additional attention to the emerging role MSS plays in addressing students’ needs related to two particular areas: gender expression and sexual orientation, and religious and faith identity. While the authors advocate for an intersectional approach that takes gender into consideration, they do not generally regard gender as a primary focus of MSS. Nonetheless, the collection will likely be of interest to readers of On Campus with Women for its holistic approach to identity and its vision of collaboration across student services and academic units.

The volume includes chapters on MSS geared toward the specific aspects of identity mentioned above, as well as chapters examining how MSS manifests in different kinds of institutions: private liberal arts colleges, public institutions, minority-serving institutions, and others. Many of these chapters feature embedded case studies from institutions with a wide variety of histories, missions, and programming. Contributing authors address not only challenges that are particular to context, but also those that manifest widely for MSS practitioners, including that of reaching majority students while still supporting the underserved. Overall, the book takes a practical but visionary approach to the work of preparing the next generation of “diversity change leaders” so they can enact social justice on campuses (298)."
- On Campus with Women
"Essays on the history and concerns of multicultural student services; topics include the effect of different campus settings—private liberal-arts colleges, public institutions, community colleges, historically black institutions, and tribal colleges."
- The Chronicle of Higher Ed