Communicating across differences: Toward a multicultural approach to institutional transformation

Patrick L. Bruch, Rashné R. Jehangir, Dana Britt Lundell, Jeanne L. Higbee, Karen L. Miksch

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In the two decades since Audre Lorde (1984) pointed out that we have no patterns for relating across our differences as equals (p. 115), struggles to transform higher education have come to focus on communication about and across differences. Despite these efforts, conversations in higher education about group difference and equity too often exacerbate feelings of cynicism and disenfranchisement. In this article we discuss research into the actual discourses at work in communication about the cultural politics of institutional practices. We report on an analysis of qualitative data, using this data to help clarify the challenges of relating across differences as equals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-208
Number of pages14
JournalInnovative Higher Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Communication
  • Multiculturalism
  • Transformation


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