Dr. Frazier Co-Authors Chapter in Newly Published Book

June 19, 2020

At a time when diversity, equity and inclusion is at a heightened focus, the work of Michigan State University’s Terrence Frazier, Ph.D., assistant vice president for Student Affairs and Services, is being released in the book, Developing an Intercultural Responsive Leadership Style for Faculty and Administrators.

Dr. Frazier penned Chapter 7,Developing Intercultural Fluency Through Co-Curricular Programs,” with Adam Peck and Trisha Gott. The book is authored by Ashley D. Spicer-Runnels (Texas A&M University-San Antonio, USA) and Teresa E. Simpson (Lamar University, USA).

“The work that happens within Student Affairs is so vital to the development of a more socially conscious world,” Dr. Frazier said. “Reading and listening about diversity is only a part of the journey to creating a more equitable society. I believe that we need to develop intercultural fluency within all programs and activities." 

Developing an Intercultural Responsive Leadership Style for Faculty and Administrators examines student retention and success among underrepresented college student populations by analyzing factors impacting their persistence towards graduation, as well as exploring strategies to enhance intercultural responsiveness among these populations. The book features a wide range of topics such as diversity, intercultural fluency, STEM education and lifelong learning.

Students may demonstrate vastly different levels of intercultural understanding even while working to improve in this area. Developing Intercultural Fluency Through Co-Curricular Programs,” uses Bennet’s Development Model of Intercultural Sensitivity as a framework for explaining variations in cultural skill, both as a means of assessing a student’s competency in this domain and for planning their intercultural growth as they proceed through Student Affairs programs and experiences.

Dr. Frazier added, cultural understanding is not a one-time "I got it” type of learning, but instead there is a need to create an intercultural learning lifestyle, which starts for many people during their college years. Leaders learn how to infuse DEI through examples and experiences from their participation in co-curricular activities while in college.  

“Student Affairs plays a major role in developing these experiences for students, as well as having the responsibility to infuse DEI within our policies and programming,” he said. “We are at a critical point for how people understand and react to racism and differences. I believe with education and co-curricular experiences we can change the culture of institutional racism in this country.”

Learn more about the book and how to order Developing an Intercultural Responsive Leadership Style for Faculty and Administrators from IGI Global, the book publisher.

“Being a part of this books is beyond exciting as I believe it will be another great resource for higher education leaders and others,” said Dr. Frazier. “I am grateful to be a co-author and have the support of so many people.”

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