Racial Equity on College Campuses

Connecting Research and Practice

Edited by Royel M. Johnson, Uju Anya, and Liliana M. Garces

Subjects: Higher Education, Education Policy And Leadership, Curriculum, African American Studies, Education
Series: SUNY series, Critical Race Studies in Education
Hardcover : 9781438487076, 242 pages, February 2022
Paperback : 9781438487069, 242 pages, August 2022

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Table of contents

Estela Mara Bensimon


Royel M. Johnson, Uju Anya, and Liliana M. Garces

Part I: University Leadership

1. Advancing Racial Equity in Faculty Hiring through Inquiry
Román Liera

2. Leveraging Campus-wide Leadership Collaborations for Equity
Amanda Taylor and Evelyn Ambriz

3. The Role of Boards in Advancing the Equity Agenda
Felecia Commodore, Raquel M. Rall, and Demetri L. Morgan

Part II: Teaching and Learning

4. (Re)Shaping Higher Education Classrooms with Inclusive Pedagogies
Paula Adamo, Liliana Diaz Solodukhin, Janiece Z. Mackey, Adrienne Martinez, and Judy Marquez Kiyama

5. Developing Intersectional Consciousness: A De/colonial Approach to Researching Pedagogy in the Higher Education Context
Mildred Boveda

6. From the Theater to Higher Education: Using Movies to Facilitate Intergroup Racial Dialogues
Ericka Roland

Part III: Student and Campus Life

7. Reimagining Institutionalized Support for Undocumented and DACA College Students: A Critical Approach
Susana M. Muñoz and Stephen Santa-Ramirez

8. Rethinking Postsecondary Education Access and Success to Advance Racial Equity for Rural Black Students
Darris R. Means, Aaron T. George, and Jenay Willis

9. Beyond "Woke Play": Challenging Performative Allyship in Student Affairs' "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" Programming
Ali Watts

About the Editors
About the Contributors

Offers insight into race-based disparities in higher education and practical tools for advancing racial equity on college and university campuses.


The current socio-political moment—rife with racial tensions and overt bigotry—has exacerbated longstanding racial inequities in higher education. While educational scholars have developed conceptual tools and offered data-informed recommendations for rooting out racism in campus policies and practices, this work is largely inaccessible to the public. At the same time, practitioners and policymakers are increasingly called on to implement quick solutions to what are, in fact, profound, structural problems. Racial Equity on College Campuses bridges this gap, marshaling the expertise of nineteen scholars and practitioners to translate research-based findings into actionable recommendations in three key areas: university leadership, teaching and learning, and student and campus life. The strategies gathered here will prove useful to institutional actors engaged in both real-time and long-term decision-making across contexts—from the classroom to the boardroom.

Royel M. Johnson is Associate Professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and the Director of Student Engagement in the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. Uju Anya is Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the author of Racialized Identities in Second Language Learning: Speaking Blackness in Brazil. Liliana M. Garces is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Mexican American Studies and the University of Texas School of Law. She is the coeditor (with Erica Frankenberg and Megan Hopkins) of School Integration Matters: Research-Based Strategies to Advance Equity.


"Colleges and universities seeking to broaden the scope of their racial equity work and deepen its impact will find … Racial Equity on College Campuses to be [a] valuable resource." — Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning

"This well-researched book makes an important and timely contribution to scholarship on race and equality in the postsecondary context. The volume's forward-thinking qualitative approach positions it to make real contributions to both theory and practice." — Fred A. Bonner II, coeditor of Square Pegs and Round Holes: Alternative Approaches to Diverse College Student Development Theory

"As higher education leaders and educators seek to advance racial equity, this book effectively synthesizes research and provides concrete strategies and practices that are directly applicable to multiple institutional contexts and domains." — Marcela G. Cuellar, UC Davis School of Education