Tales from the Black Carpet: A Narrative Inquiry into Mulitcultural Programming


  • Daniel Casebeer Seton Hill University
  • Jessica Mann Duquesne University
  • Elise Michaux Seton Hill University


Narrative inquiry, multicultural programming, Bakhtinian novelness, polyphonic discourse


This study explores student perceptions of multicultural programming through arts-based narrative inquiry. Using Bakhtinian novelness as a frame for restorying the lived experiences of the students responsible for organizing a Black Carpet Fashion Showcase at a Catholic liberal arts university, the event’s unintended consequences are situated in a heteroglossic space where the participants’ unmerged voices (polyphony) at a specific time (chronotope) are held in the same esteem (carnival). Rather than offering a unified solution for best practice in multicultural programming, the purpose of this study is to promote dialogic conversations about how students can participate in the construction of inclusive campus communities.