What inspired you to write The Reality of Diversity, Gender, and Skin Color: From Living Room to Classroom?
Kimberly Finney: My inspiration: I noticed that whenever the topic of diversity was on the agenda, body positions of my colleagues would change and little was said on the topic. Moreover, it was difficult for this topic to be discussed, be it classrooms, training sessions, or boardrooms. So I became curious and began to investigate why. I also noticed that most books on this topic did not contain personal narratives. I believe narratives provide a launching pad to discuss the impact of the “isms” on wellness.
Terence Fitzgerald: Before the textbook was published, I was forced to utilize independent and scattered scholarly articles to illustrate the social, psychological, and emotional experiences of the populations discussed in the textbook. This textbook is extremely unique. It not only discusses materials in a scholarly fashion, but it also utilizes narratives to give a perspective that is honest and raw. The reader is able to empathize with the pains and joys discussed in each narrative.