Crossing Multicultural Borders: Students, Faculty, and Difference in the University Classroom

Wanda Creaser


Scholars and teachers with PhDs in English are well-versed in identity studies, gender studies, ethnicity studies, and postcolonial studies. They are very good at talking and writing about these subjects in the abstract. However, when facing a classroom of students who come from cultural backgrounds considerably different from the hypothetical college student’s, with identities, values, faiths, beliefs, and myths unlike those of mainstream America, they—we—are woefully ill-prepared.


teaching; diversity; multiculturalism

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