Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice
Chapter 6. Working with Diverse Clientele Patricia R. Palmerton
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WORKING WITH DIVERSE CLIENTELE
Patricia R. Palmerton
It is clear that our institutions of higher education are becoming increasingly diverse. In 1990, 77.5% of undergraduate students enrolled in degree granting institutions were White, 20.6% were Black, 9.6% were Hispanic, 6.1% were Asian/Pacific Islander, and .08% were American Indian/Alaska Native. In 2010, 60.3% of students were White, 37.5% Black, 14.8% Hispanic, 14.1% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1% American Indian/Alaska Native (Digest of Education Statistics, 2011). In 2008–09, over 671,000 students in the United States were international students, 3.7% of the student population (IIE Network, 2010). Students who are first generation Americans from immigrant families are increasingly becoming part of the higher education demographic. The challenges and opportunities for helping all students understand more about multicultural interactions are abundant.
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