New Textbook on College Diversity Released by Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.

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Aaron Thompson and Joseph Cuseo fill a gap in diversity education on college campuses with "Diversity and the College Experience"

Aaron Thompson and Joseph Cuseo's new book "Diversity and the College Experience," released by Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., provides college instructors with an opportunity to educate undergraduate students about the importance of diversity for their educational experience, career preparation, and personal growth. Written specifically for college students, this book provides diversity information and exercises in a context students can relate to.

There are many publications and textbooks about diversity, but Thompson and Cuseo's approach is unique. "Diversity and the College Experience" is written specifically to address the challenges and experiences that college students face. Many students come into a college setting with their own biases and stereotypes. This book provides the basic information about what diversity is, provides a model for educating students on how to overcome bias, and offers steps to appreciating diversity. In addition, it provides an action-oriented plan and useful exercises that allow students to use what they have learned from the book.

Appreciating diversity can make a dramatic difference in the personal success of a student during college and afterward in the workplace. According to Thompson, author and lecturer on diversity, "Students need to understand the benefit of diversity when they enter college so they can overcome bias and appreciate diversity in their everyday lives. This allows students to participate in the process of becoming culturally competent."

This book is available for purchase at Kendall Hunt Publishing's Web site (http:/, or by phone at (800) 228-0810. For more information prior to purchase, call Bob Largent at (800) 247-3458 ext. 7. To schedule an interview with Aaron Thomson, contact Rhonda Goode at 859-622-2076.

About Aaron Thompson
Aaron Thompson is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Thompson has a Ph.D. in Sociology in areas of Organizational Behavior and Race and Gender Relations. He has researched, taught and/or consulted in areas of diversity, leadership, ethics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first-year students, retention, cultural competence and organizational design throughout his personal career. He has over 30 publications and numerous research and peer reviewed presentations. Thompson presents workshops to various schools, corporations, and governmental agencies in areas of race and gender diversity, living an unbiased life, academic success, cultural competence, workplace interaction, leadership, and a variety of other topics.

About Joseph Cuseo
Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychology at Marymount College (California) where he has directed the first-year seminar for over 25 years. He is a regular columnist for a bimonthly newsletter published by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, and has received the Resource Center's "outstanding first-year advocate award." He is also a 13-time recipient of the "faculty member of the year award" on his home campus, a student-driven award based on effective teaching and academic advising. He has made numerous presentations and authored many articles and monographs on the first-year experience, college success, and student diversity.

About Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.
Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. has been locally owned and operated throughout its existence. With over 50 years in the publishing industry, and over 6,000 titles in print, Kendall Hunt offers expertise at all levels of education publishing, from kindergarten through college, and on to continuing medical and professional education. Kendall Hunt combines author service, innovation, and a pledge of quality to provide advantages that are unparalleled in the publishing industry.

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