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    White Institutional Presence

    The Impact of Whiteness on Campus Climate

    Diane Lynn Gusa
    In this conceptual paper, Diane Gusa highlights the salience of race by scrutinizing the culture of Whiteness within predominately White institutions of higher education. Using existing research in higher education retention literature, Gusa examines embedded White cultural ideology in the cultural practices, traditions, and perceptions of knowledge that are taken for granted as the norm at institutions of higher education. Drawing on marginalization and discrimination experiences of African American undergraduates to illustrate the performance of White mainstream ideology, Gusa names this embedded ideology White institutional presence (WIP) and assigns it four attributes: White ascendancy, monoculturalism, White estrangement, and White blindness.

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    Diane Lynn Gusa is an independent scholar whose research investigates the relational context of K–16 education and beyond, with a particular emphasis on students of underserved and underrepresented groups. She has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in education foundations and philosophy, classroom management, and social studies methods, as well as facilitated preservice teacher experiences. The work presented here is based on her dissertation, which she recently completed in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University at Albany, State University of New York.
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    Winter 2010 Issue


    A Celebratory Pause—The 80th Anniversary of the Harvard Educational Review
    Legacy and Vision
    HER Editorial Board 2010–2011
    Learning to Laugh
    A Portrait of Risk and Resilience in Early Childhood
    Travis Wright
    White Institutional Presence
    The Impact of Whiteness on Campus Climate
    Diane Lynn Gusa
    Unseen Workers in the Academic Factory
    Perceptions of Neoracism Among International Postdocs in the United States and the United Kingdom
    Brendan Cantwell and Jenny J. Lee
    “Education Is All About Opportunities, Isn’t It?”
    A Biographical Perspective on Learning and Teaching English in Sri Lanka
    David Hayes
    Embedded, Emboldened, and (Net)Working for Change
    Support-Seeking and Teacher Agency in Urban, High-Needs Schools
    Lauren Anderson

    Book Notes

    Waiting for “Superman”
    Davis Guggenheim (Director)

    Saving Schools
    Paul E. Peterson

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