Diversity and Democracy

About This Issue

In the United States, the topic of immigration simultaneously spurs feelings of both pride and anxiety. While the national mythology conjures not-so-distant memories of newcomers to Plymouth and Ellis Island, it can cloak those same stories in collective amnesia when the question of contemporary immigration (or past immigration's effects) arises. As the flux of global migration influences demography and culture, colleges and universities are called to reconcile tensions, expand access and success, and assist undergraduates in exploring big questions about America's past and future.

This issue of Diversity & Democracy joins in the ongoing work of examining how immigration is transforming American higher education, and how higher education can transform the lives of new and established Americans. With a focus on questions of access and success at the crossroads between local and global, this issue's authors describe challenges facing American democracy as our demography shifts. Examining higher education's role in creating opportunity and educating for democratic participation, they suggest ways to begin building educational institutions that are as inclusive as the mythology of the "land of opportunity" suggests we might be.

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