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ERIC Number: ED363199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 13
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Racism on the Iowa Campus: A Presentation on the Student Affairs Administrator and Black Student Perspectives.
Baumgartner, David
A study was done of racism on college and university campuses in Iowa through the perspectives of college and university administrators and minority student comments. Information was gathered by questionnaire and interview of seven vice presidents working in student affairs and 25 minority students from three different campuses. The administrative participants make policy and represent about one third of the four year colleges and universities in the state. Students and administrators agreed that the source of continued racism on campus was difficult economic times, the need for strong legislative and other leadership, lack of understanding of the problems and perspectives of Black students, and lack of role models for Black students. Four definitions of racism emerged from the research. Administrators and students were split as to whether racism was intentional or simply reflected a lack of sensitivity. Two administrator participants suggested that racism exists among students for several reasons including lack of exposure to minorities, close living environment, fear, few chances to meet, and lack of specific institutional policies against racism. Administrators and students listed 12 types of racial incidents that have occurred. All students felt they had experienced racism on campus. Students and administrators agreed that uneducated and uninformed students were the biggest offenders. Contains four references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa