Achieving Equity in Higher Education Using Empathy as a Guiding Principle

Achieving Equity in Higher Education Using Empathy as a Guiding Principle

Catherine Ward (California State University, Fullerton, USA)
Release Date: April, 2022|Copyright: © 2022 |Pages: 335
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9746-0
ISBN13: 9781799897460|ISBN10: 179989746X|EISBN13: 9781799897484|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799897477
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Description & Coverage
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The assertion that empathy is an essential characteristic of equity work in higher education demands educators operate from a place of justice, fairness, and inclusive practice. Empathy is a personal quality that allows educators to consider another's perspective to inform the decision-making process about policy, procedures, program and service design, and teaching pedagogy. Thus, engaging empathy in everyday practice supports the potential to create more equitable and inclusive environments as well as standards for serving a diverse student population.

Achieving Equity in Higher Education Using Empathy as a Guiding Principle explores what empathy is, how empathy can be developed, and how empathy can be applied in an educator’s practice to achieve equity-mindedness and mitigate inequitable student outcomes in and out of the classroom. The book also argues that self-examination and engaging empathy is a way to thoughtfully examine differences and uphold the values of humanity. Covering topics such as intercultural listening and program development, this reference work is ideal for administrators, practitioners, academicians, scholars, researchers, instructors, and students.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Belonging
  • Compassion
  • Critical Empathy
  • Disability Identity
  • Empathic Leaders
  • Equity
  • Intercultural Listening
  • LGBTQ+ Experiences
  • Program Development
  • Student Achievement
  • Underrepresented Students
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Catherine Ward is the Director of Learning and Engagement for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Programs at California State University, Fullerton. She has served Cal State Fullerton as a Student Affairs Professional for over 10 years. Catherine teaches part-time in the College of Health and Human Development, is a published author, and presents at regional and national conferences on topics of leadership, equity, and strength-based approaches to serving college students. Catherine holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science degree in Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton.

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