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ERIC Number: ED462041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Whistling Dixie, Raising the Confederate Flag and Other Welcoming Mats: African-American Students Talk about Change at Big Texas State University.
Hughes, Robin L.
The responses of African American college students to the campus environment at a large Texas university were studied through interviews that focused on student adjustment to the college environment and the university's response to students of color. Many studies have documented that black students are affected by the perception of discrimination on campus. Recently, educational affirmative action policies have come under direct attack, and this has been particularly true in Texas, where anti-affirmative action policies have been extended to nonrace-based financial aid and scholarships. At the large institution studied, students of color and other students were aware of the "other" education a university provides, the opportunity for personal growth and development that comes from social and intellectual interactions on campus outside of class. Students of color at the university studied thought that the university does not provide sufficient outlets for social integration for any minority student. Even though the university advertises more than 700 opportunities for student participation, few make black students welcome. The university is known for its strong sense of tradition, and the traditions of the university do not make the black student comfortable. Overt racist symbols and incidents are common on campus and in the surrounding town. Very few faculty members or administrators are black, and there are few opportunities for mentoring or personal relationships with minority faculty. The paper makes some recommendations for policy to support minority students: (1) form activities to involve these students; (2) recruit minority faculty, staff, and students; and (3) develop the sensitivity needed to hear the "white noise" on campus. (Contains 53 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas