Letter from Gregory B. White (Assistant Professor of Mathematics) to President Slaughter, 1990-06-11, John B Slaughter Presidential Files

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Title

Letter from Gregory B. White (Assistant Professor of Mathematics) to President Slaughter, 1990-06-11, John B Slaughter Presidential Files

Description

White wants to discuss direction of the College in regard to multiculturalism; he reports that some faculty are frustrated that debate in faculty meetings which hasn't resulted in an understanding of the differences between multiculturalism and diversity. He stresses that multiculturalism and diversity are two distinct concepts that shouldn't be used interchangeably. He suggests a distinction: diversity is a noun indicating variety/difference, a state of being; multiculturalism is an action noun indicating practice, principles, or doctrine. At Oxy, diversity is "who we are" and some of "what we do", multiculturalism is "the manner in which we act/the framework of ideas within which we act"; thus, multiculturalism is a curricular/leadership issue, diversity is an admissions/hiring issues.

Creator

White, Gregory B

Source

John Brooks Slaughter President's Files

Publisher

Unpublished

Date

1989-06-11

Date Created

2015-11-04

Rights

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

Bibliographic Citation

John B. Slaughter. Letter from Gregory White Dated: 1989-06-11. Folder "Strategic Planning". John B Slaughter's 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 indicates the conflicts between faculty over the definitions of diversity and multiculturalism. It is one of the first documents attempting to define these words and how they apply to Occidental.

Citation

White, Gregory B, “Letter from Gregory B. White (Assistant Professor of Mathematics) to President Slaughter, 1990-06-11, John B Slaughter Presidential Files,” History of Equity and Diversity at Occidental, accessed December 2, 2021, https://oxyequitydiversity2014.omeka.net/items/show/270.