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The importance of interactions in higher education

“Diversity and education go hand-in-hand,” expressed President Jonathan R. Alger as he welcomed diversity scholar Dr. Sylvia Hurtado as the final Madison Vision Series presenter of the semester.  Hurtado emphasized the importance of communicating across difference and strong social skills. Through diverse interaction of people and ideals, students can gain new perspectives and be further prepared for the workforce and democratic society.Hurtado

She asserts that although we are “lazy thinkers,” through group interactions and relationships, students are forced to think outside of themselves and learn.  As higher education continues to recognize the value of diversity, the next step is to facilitate authentic intergroup relations and give students the opportunities to have these experiences. Read the full story here.