DDCE Researchers Expose the Myth of a Post-Racial America

RacialBattleFatigue_Lith1-400x600The notion that we live in a “colorblind society” is carefully dismantled in a new edition of Racial Battle Fatigue in Higher Education: Exposing the Myth of Post-Racial America (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Dec. 2014). Faculty from the DDCE are among several contributing authors examining an emerging body of research that suggests chronic exposure to racial discrimination can lead to a serious anxiety disorder.

In a chapter titled Exercising Agency in the Midst of Racial Battle Fatigue: A Case for Intragroup Diversity, they examine court decisions regarding diversity in higher education and point out several mitigating factors that create racial battle fatigue. As a solution, they state the case for advocating and obtaining support for diversity and inclusion efforts in colleges and schools across the nation. The chapter is co-authored by Gregory J. Vincent, vice president of diversity and community engagement; Sherri Sanders, DDCE associate vice president; and Stella Smith, DDCE postdoctoral fellow.