Edited by John Ishiyama, William J. Miller and Eszter Simon
Chapter 16: Teaching about diversity issues
The increasing demographic diversity in the U.S. population begun in the past century continues into this century. Projections based on the 2010 Census indicate that the U.S.A. will soon become a plurality nation where no one single group represents a majority. As America becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, millennials will command a broader awareness and deeper understanding of diversity, global significance and cross-cultural perspectives. The nation’s minority population is steadily rising and now makes up roughly 40 percent of the United States, advancing an unmistakable trend that could make minorities the new American majority by mid-century. In the decades to come, students from diverse backgrounds will constitute a substantial portion of higher education coeds. These demographic shifts present both perils and prospects for college and university faculty in general and political science faculty in particular. Should the discipline and/or those who study political science take the lead in teaching, fostering and infusing diversity? The political science curriculum, which ignores, oversimplifies and/or marginalizes the experiences of those who are an integral part of society, not only undervalues but constitutes a disservice to higher education and the discipline in general.
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