Term of Award

Fall 2013

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Michelle Reidel

Committee Member 1

Lina Bell Soares

Committee Member 2

Daniel Chapman

Committee Member 3

Suzanne Arnold

Committee Member 3 Email


Committee Member 4

Robert Lake

Committee Member 4 Email



This is a historical investigation designed to analyze a private Christian school’s intentional efforts to significantly diversify its student body after decades in existence. More specifically, given the history of private education and of race relations in the United States, it is vital to discover how existing power dynamics between white mainstream and marginalized cultures might be embedded and reflected in this initiative and the ways in which these power dynamics informed this seemingly progressive reform.