Discourses on 'diversity': Perspectives from graduate programs in geography in the United States

M. Beth Schlemper, Janice Monk

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This qualitative and contextual study explores how 'diversity' is interpreted by graduate students and faculty in ten departments of geography in the United States. It applies a model that considers historical, structural, psychological and behavioral dimensions. Themes addressed include issues related to gender, international origin, race/ethnicity, age, family status, disciplinary subfields and institutional location; silences persist around sexual orientation and disability. We highlight differences across subgroups of students, faculty perspectives and the approaches used in departments that have attained greater diversity, especially of racial and ethnic minorities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-46
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Discourses
  • Diversity
  • Faculty
  • Geography departments
  • Graduate students


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