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ERIC Number: ED414544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 64
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Experiences and Perceptions of Interpersonal, Environmental, and Institutional Racism among African-American Students in Psychology Graduate Training.
Burrell, Tracey
Racist incidents that graduate students in psychology may experience can be reflective of Eurocentric values and forces which permeate present institutions. To better understand these forces, the experiences and perceptions of racism as experienced by minority graduate students are explored. Seventeen doctoral students in psychology, who identified themselves as African American, Black, or biracial (African/American/Caucasian), were asked open-ended questions, covering such areas as general experiences of racism within education, and were administered a demographics questionnaire. Their responses were organized into three different categories: (1) general life experiences of racism; (2) experiences of racism within education; and (3) experiences of racism particular to graduate training in psychology. The results indicated various dimensions of racism and included specific/overt incidents, chronic conditions (racism embedded in a context), daily micro-experiences (events), and vicarious/collective experiences of racism. Examples are provided of overt racism, questioning of status and abilities, exclusion from social events/study groups, problematic relationships with professors and academic advisors, family issues, minimization of ideas, contributions, ethnicity, conflict arising in relation to sociopolitical issues/events (e.g., O.J. Simpson trial), interracial conflicts, ethnic identity issues, being the "only one," being silenced, vicarious experiences of racism, racism within administrative policies and practices, the lack of students and faculty of color, teaching styles and evaluation criteria, lack of support within educational programs, etc. Based on the current research it could be argued that racism over the years has not necessarily lessened, just changed form. Contains approximately 95 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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