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Majorie Angel Brown 'Why Race Matters in Canada'
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9 January 2012
To be presented at the Widening Participation Conference 2012 'Discourses of Inclusion in Higher Education', 24-25 April 2012
Why Race Matters in Canada
Majorie Angel Brown
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the implications of a study designed to test the robustness of the Pope and Mueller self-report instrument of multicultural competency. It was an exploratory, descriptive study that enhances understanding of Canadian higher education employees. The study sought to extend the work of Pope and Mueller from a USA context to a Canadian one, by determining if employees could describe how their competence impacted on the learning environment and the student experience. Preliminary findings indicate there is a need to further examine the social actions of educators and leaders working within higher education in Canada, and consider whether these actions sustain and maintain an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment.