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Published in Race, Gender & Class 5:2 (April 30, 1998), pp. 139-157. Copyright © 1998 Southern University at New Orleans.


We review the debates over campus multicultural goals from the perspective of university officials and again from the perspective of the policy target: students. We then assess a sample of student policy opinions and the role of campus experiences and diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in shaping those opinions. Often descriptive, this provides insights on working with diverse student populations. We focus our research on students because student voices are often unheard in education. Administrators are assumed to “know better” because of their years of campus experience or professional training.

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