BARUCH’S BLACK AND HISPANIC STUDIES IS THE COVER STORY
Kudos to chairman Héctor Cordero-Guzmán and the rest of the Black and Hispanic Studies Department faculty, collectively the subject of “An Academic Partnership,” the cover story of the Sept. 22, 2005 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (the magazine was formerly Black Issues in Higher Education).
The story, which is extensive and quotes Professors Arthur Lewin, Clarence Taylor, and Assistant Professor James DeFilippis, as well as Cordero-Guzmán, offers thoughtful reflections on race, ethnicity, and identity in America today. As a group, these teachers and scholars tend to see diversity as a work in progress. “It is hugely important that we’re here foregrounding the histories and experiences of something other than the dominant culture, giving students the chance to know different sets of histories other than those they are familiar with,” notes DeFilippis.
To “chronicle and participate in the creation of an increasingly diverse America” is a primary mission of the department, says Cordero-Guzmán, who also notes that faculty members in his department tend to become role models for Baruch students.
Lewin addresses how census figures can be misleading in a multicultural society. Taylor, a historian, discusses how Black and Hispanic studies programs have changed in the 40 years since they first appeared on the academic landscape.
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