The Cost of Inclusion

Monday, November 9th 12 p.m. via Crowdcast

About the Event

What do students give up to fit in? Sociologist Blake Silver’s The Cost of Inclusion: How Student Conformity Leads to Inequality on College Campuses explores the many ways students seek out a sense of belonging and make sacrifices in order to fit in. While colleges market their campuses as a place where students can “find themselves,” the reality is much different. Professor Susan Dumais says, “Silver shows that becoming part of the campus community is harder—and often far less rewarding—than it may first seem.” Author Natasha Warikoo says “The book is a must-read for students and scholars of higher education!” Sponsored by George Mason University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. 

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Blake Silver

About Blake Silver

Blake R. Silver is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of Data Analytics and Assessment in the Honors College at George Mason University. Dr. Silver’s research focuses on culture, social stratification, and higher education. His work addresses questions about the role of colleges and universities in contesting and reproducing inequality. Some of his recent projects examine the capacity of higher education to produce cultural change, the impact of campus environments on racial disparities in student experiences, and the role of parents and siblings in helping students navigate educational transitions. Silver’s recent publications appear in the Review of Higher Education, the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the Journal of College Student Development, and his research has been supported by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the NASPA Foundation, and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

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