Making Gumbo in the University

Making Gumbo in the University A powerful example of a sincere effort to practice what you live and what you preach Making Gumbo helps us feel the discomfort that naturally occurs when an institution pursues diversity It places the

  • Title: Making Gumbo in the University
  • Author: Rupert W. Nacoste
  • ISBN: 9781935514299
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • A powerful example of a sincere effort to practice what you live and what you preach Making Gumbo helps us feel the discomfort that naturally occurs when an institution pursues diversity It places the responsibility for diversity at all levels of the university, but emphasizes the critical role of leadership in this effort Such leadership must at minimum be unwavering iA powerful example of a sincere effort to practice what you live and what you preach Making Gumbo helps us feel the discomfort that naturally occurs when an institution pursues diversity It places the responsibility for diversity at all levels of the university, but emphasizes the critical role of leadership in this effort Such leadership must at minimum be unwavering in its commitment to diversity and willing to take risks for change Craig C Brookins, Director, Africana Studies, NC State University The truths that come out here show what diversity really means Particularly interesting were the challenges that Nacoste faced while trying to change the diversity culture at a major university in the South from one of entitlement to one of engagement The struggles that Nacoste faced leading the diversity effort at North Carolina State University put him in the middle between a conservative, old school black community both on campus and off, and an administration that was determined to not have race issues be front page news I know about this first hand because I was there and I was part of this story Stuart L Cooper, former Provost at North Carolina State University Dr Nacoste convincingly establishes an unsettling truth conflict is not only a necessary consequence of true diversity, it is the essence of diversity I am reminded of the countless times I witnessed him address a rapt audience He is a force of nature With his booming voice, confident stride and dramatic presence, he demands attention Often, his message was one of elegant simplicity that people have profound effects on one another Our attempts to navigate these effects comprise the central narrative of humanity In Making Gumbo, Dr Nacoste lends his distinct and assured voice to a nation confronted anew with perplexing questions of diversity Brandon Buskey, NCSU Graduate, Staff Attorney, Equal Justice Initiative Nacoste chooses the tantalizing metaphor of a gumbo to paint a picture of the powerful and intellectually stimulating life of a research university campus alive with diversity He understands and communicates the value of a fundamental and clearly understood mission as the roux on which this delightful dish is built He illustrates the essential importance of each ingredient in this gumbo human beings with their history, their prejudices, their desire to learn He celebrates the intellectual joy that comes with conflicts of ideas Nacoste writes a prescription for taking learning organizations of all kinds to high levels of true productivity, through the very practical implementation of ways to capitalize on the conflict of ideas with which a truly diverse community seethes C Frank Abrams, Professor emeritus, Former Senior Vice Provost and Chief of Staff, North Carolina State University

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    1. Nacoste's book is an enjoyable read in many regards and a look at the problems that those involved in diversity work often come up against. Nacoste relates his experience as a chief diversity leader on southern US university and the walls he came up against while trying to create a more effective and meaningful approach to diversity at the institution. For me, I liked how this book captured the fact that diversity is not milk-warm acceptance of one another but is embedded in the tension of recog [...]

    2. Nacoste is a natural storyteller who grew up in bayou country of Louisiana. He brilliantly interweaves his personal and family history into a narrative of his experience leading the newly established diversity effort at NC State University. The narrative entertains but provides a cautionary and instructive tale of the traps institutions must not fall into if they are serious about promoting diversity.

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