Building Community from Communities: Diversity and the Future of Higher Education

  • Carlos E. Cortes University of California, Riverside
Keywords: Higher Education, Diversity, Community-building


Within the context of increasing national diversity, colleges and universities will face new challenges and opportunities in attempting to forge community from communities, both on campus and in society at large. This communitybuilding effort must address, among its dimensions, the fallowing: the proliferation of campus affinity groups; the challenge of facilitating constructive intergroup relations; the emergence and modification of identities; and the reconstructing of knowledge and restructuring of curriculum.