Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

From isolation to insulation: The impact of campus culture on the existence of two cultural centers
by Pinchback-Hines, Cynthia Juanesta, Ph.D., Indiana State University, 2013, 193; 3589549
Abstract (Summary)

This case study examined how the campus culture influences the existence of a Black cultural center and a multicultural center at a predominantly White university. A qualitative ethnography was conducted using focus group interviews, personal interviews, archival research, and anecdotal observation. The results of the study identified five themes: (a) from isolation to insulation, (b) opportunities for involvement, (c) the perception problem, (d) challenges of change, and (e) leadership commitment.

A Pinchback model of relevance for cultural centers for predominantly White campuses was created for practitioners and administrators seeking ideas for making cultural centers relevant at their respective institutions. The model features external forces that influence campus culture and the forces within the campus culture that influence the cultural centers. The role of the cultural center is shown as broadening the difficult conversations around race, diversity, and inclusion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howard-Hamilton, Mary F.
Commitee: Grim, Valerie, Hinton, Kandace
School: Indiana State University
Department: Educational Leadership, Administration, and Foundations
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Multicultural Education
Keywords: Black cultural center, Campus culture, Cultural center, Multicultural center, Predominantly White
Publication Number: 3589549
ISBN: 978-1-303-28374-1
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