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1 TEACHING ABOUT RACE AND DIVERSITY IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION EDUCATION IN THE NEW MILENNIUM: Dr. Mitchell Rice Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration Professor of Political Science Texas A&M University Email: mrice@tamu.edu 1 Prepared for presentation at NASPAA 2010 Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, October 1, 2010

2 2 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1.Did Public Administration/Public Service Delivery play a role in the racial turmoil of the 1960s? (Historical Context) 2. In the contemporary era of diversity and multiculturalism how can Public Administration/Public Service Delivery be devoid of race issues? 3. Where does the focus of social equity fit in a discussion of race and Public Administration/Public Service Delivery? 4. Is it difficult to have a classroom discussion focusing on tace and Public Administration/Public Service delivery? Why? TEACHING ABOUT RACE AND DIVERSITY IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION EDUCATION IN THE NEW MILENNIUM

3 RACIAL ERAS IN THE US DISCUSS PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY IN EACH ERA Segregation Integration Affirmative Action Diversity and Multiculturalism 3

4 WHY STUDY RACE/DIVERSITY IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION? Race remains a critical component in U.S. society. Constitutionally race is considered a suspect category and as such public administrators ought to be exposed to issues of race in a PA curriculum. U.S society is becoming increasing diverse. PA enrollment is becoming increasingly multicultural. Topic of race and its relationship to public administration and policy are imperative in the age of globalization. Yet, the topic of race is largely uncovered in PA programs (on these points see Susan W. Perry, 2005) QUESTION: If Race and diversity are NOT discussed in PA is the discipline relevant to a diverse-multicultural cadre of contemporary students? 4

5 WHY TEACHING ABOUT RACE AND DIVERSITY IS SO DIFFICULT? Anxiety-generating Makes us (both professor and students) uncomfortable Professors may Loose control of classroom Afraid of being labeled a racist Different Life Experiences No ground rules for class discussion 5

6 RACE, POLICY/ PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY Race and Emergency Management---Katrina Race and Criminal Justice Racial Profiling Race and Housing Race and Health Race and Unemployment Race and Social Services GIVEN THESE REALITIES, HOW CAN A DISCUSSION ON RACE BE AVOIDED in the PA CLASSROOM? 6

7 INTERACTING WITH DIVERSE POPULATIONS IS IMPORTANT FOR GRADUATES OF PA PROGRAMS 7

8 TEACHING DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION (CLASSROOM DIVERSITY IN PA) 1)There is a recognition that the quality of education does depend on the diversity of an institutions student body. – If you have classmates who are all very much alike, you will not learn nearly as much as you will if you have classmates who are very different. (What do you think about this statement?) 8

9 TEACHING DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION (CLASSROOM DIVERSITY IN PA) 2. In class diversity experiences contribute a great deal to the development of a students professional skills: – The ability to work effectively and get along well with people of different races and cultures and – The ability to have good rapport with people holding different beliefs. 9

10 RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ABOUT RACE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Emergency Management Danzinger, S and Danzinger, SK. 2006. Poverty, Race and Antipoverty Policy Before and After Hurricane Katrina[pdf] DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race 3:23-36. Poverty, Race and Antipoverty Policy Before and After Hurricane Katrina Henkel, K.E., Dovidio, J.F., and Gaertner, S.L. 2006. Institutional Discrimination, Individual Racism, and Hurricane Katrina, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy 6 (1): 99-124.Institutional Discrimination, Individual Racism, and Hurricane Katrina, Marabel, M. and Clarke, K. (Eds.). 2008. Seeking higher ground:the Hurricane Katrina crisis, race, and public policy reader. (New York: MacMillan).Seeking higher ground:the Hurricane Katrina crisis, race, and public policy reader. Muñiz, Brenda. 2006. In the eye of the storm: how the government and private response to Hurricane Katrina failed Latinos.[pdf] Report, National Council of La Raza.In the eye of the storm: how the government and private response to Hurricane Katrina failed Latinos. Stivers, C. So Poor and So Black: Hurricane Katrina, Public Administration, and the Issue of Race, [pdf] Public Administration Review 67 (1):48-56.So Poor and So Black: Hurricane Katrina, Public Administration, and the Issue of Race, 10

11 OTHER RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ABOUT RACE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Lisa Guerrero, 2008,Palgrave Macmillan, New York 11

12 REFERENCES Susan W. Perry, Social Equity for the Long Haul: Preparing Culturally Competent Public Administrators (Ph. D. dissertation, Virginia Tech, November 2005). Mitchell F. Rice, Diversity and Public Administration: Theory, Issues, and Perspectives 2 nd Ed (Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe Publishers, 2010). 12


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