USC Rossier Magazine, Fall/Winter 2017
Leading the Way in Higher Education
Equity is not the same as equality, diversity or inclusiveness. It is not about espousing policies intended to benefit all students. Practices that work well for white students may be harmful to students of color and perpetuate inequality.
Rossier Professor Estela Mara Bensimon, director of the Center for Urban Education, coined the term “equity-minded” to describe what it is to be “critically race-conscious as opposed to colorblind.” Being equityminded, she says, “means being cognizant of how racism is produced
through everyday practices and having the courage to make racism visible and discussable.”
Q+A: Cheryl Ching
Cheryl Ching PhD ’17, who completed her dissertation on constructing and enacting equity at a community college, is recipient of the 2017 Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (CUE).