Letter to President John Slaughter from Gregory B White on June 11, 1990

Title

Letter to President John Slaughter from Gregory B White on June 11, 1990

Description

Dr Gregory B White, a professor of Mathematics sent a letter to President John Slaughter describing how the faculty use the words diversity and multiculturalism interchangeably. Diversity is a state of being that describes who we are and what we do. In contrast, multiculturalism is a largely circular and leadership issue. White then outlines four desired outcomes: diversity, cultural sensitivity, the affirmation of individual cultures and the development of multicultural and cross-cultural values. White then defines multiculturalism as: "the policy and practice of promoting the dignity of all peoples and encouraging understanding and civil discourse between all peoples."

Creator

White, Gregory

Source

John Brooks Slaughter's Presidential Files

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

1990-06-11

Date Created

2015-10-21

Contributor

Abhilasha Bhola

Rights

Rights resides with Occidental College Library. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Bibliographic Citation

John B Slaughter. Letter dagted 06/11/1990. Folder "Strategic Planning." President John B Slaughter President's Papers. Special Collections and College Archives, Occidental College Library, Los Angeles, CA.

Mediator

CTSJ 320 Culture and Community

Rights Holder

Occidental College

Original Format

Letter

Analysis/Reflection

This letter is important because it is one of the first attempts to define multiculturalism and diversity and outline the goals of multicultural work.

Administrative Note

No Picture

Citation

White, Gregory, “Letter to President John Slaughter from Gregory B White on June 11, 1990,” History of Equity and Diversity at Occidental, accessed December 2, 2021, https://oxyequitydiversity2014.omeka.net/items/show/208.