analytical Essay
1896 words
1896 words

Culture Centers in Higher Education: Perspectives on Identity, Theory, and Practice is a powerful and enlightening book by Lori D. Patton. Patton is a higher education scholar who focuses on issues of race theories, African American experiences on college campuses, student development theories, campus environments, inclusion, and multicultural resources centers at higher education institutions. She has a variety of publications and was one of the first doctoral students to complete a dissertation that focused exclusively on Black culture centers entitled, “From Protest to Progress: An Examination of the Relevance, Relationships and Roles of Black Culture Centers.” In Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education Patton collaborates with many higher education scholars and faculty members to discuss various types of racial and ethnic culture centers in higher education, their overall effectiveness, relevance, and implications for improvement in relation to student retention and success. Diversity, inclusion and social justice have become prevalent issues on all college campuses, and this piece of literature gives a basic introduction for individuals unfamiliar with cultural resource centers. This book successfully highlights contributions of culture centers and suggestions for how centers can be reevaluated and structured more efficiently. For many faculty, administrators, and student affairs professionals unfamiliar with the missions and goals of culture centers, Patton’s text provides a concrete introduction and outline for the functionality of these resources and also offers recommendations and improvements for administrators managing multicultural centers. Higher education institution are becoming increasingly diverse in regard... ... middle of paper ... to understand student outcomes linked to cultural centers. Some of the methodology and standards used for diversity and inclusion in the book are unclear and it seems more qualitative and quantitative research is needed to fully comprehend the role of cultural resource centers at higher education institutions. Multicultural resource centers must possess extensive assessment and empirical support to improve the services and resources they provide for students of color. The author’s beliefs seemed primarily based on their own interactions and professional experiences with cultural centers, which should be more explicitly stated within the chapters to avoid labeling all culture centers. Overall, Patton and the contributing authors are successful in conveying the importance, role, and purpose of multicultural and race-specific culture centers on college campuses.

In this essay, the author

  • Describes lori d. patton's book "culture centers in higher education: perspectives on identity, theory, and practice."
  • Analyzes how gloria ladson-billings accurately describes the primary values and goals of culture centers in the book.
  • Analyzes how adele lozano's statement is powerful and applicable to all culture centers regardless of the targeted ethnic/racial community.
  • Analyzes how patton's book provides critiques for culture centers and targets asian american centers as an example.
  • Analyzes how patton, yosso, and benavides lopez use literature and critical race theory to examine the need and creation of new culture centers.
  • Argues that multicultural centers should be a focal point of social justice work at higher education institutions.
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