ERIC Number: ED248823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Minority Student Involvement in Minority Student Organizations: An Exploratory Study. Final Report.
Rooney, Glenda Dewberry
The involvement of undergraduate minority students in five campus minority student organizations was studied at a major midwestern university. The roles these groups play as perceived by minority students and the extent to which minority students are involved in general campus student groups was assessed. The study sample consisted of 74 Afro-Americans, 86 Asian Americans, 121 Hispanics (Chicano and Puerto Rican), and 40 Native American Indian undergraduates registered at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and residing in Wisconsin. Attention was directed to: respondents' knowledge of five ethnic minority student organizations; whether respondents who were not actively involved in any of the organizations attended programs of the groups; reasons for noninvolvement; and student perceptions of the role of minority student groups, the university, and their pre-college membership activities. Demographic information was also collected. Despite modest involvement of minority students in the organizations, for the most part students had positive feelings about involvement. Students from each of the four groups identified "promoting cultural awareness" as a primary function for all minority student groups. Implications of the findings are considered, and suggestions for further research are offered. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Identifiers: University of Wisconsin Madison
Note: Prepared in the Dean of Students Office.