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ERIC Number: ED470257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Social Alienation of African American College Students: Implications for Social Support Systems.
Redden, Charlotte E.
Quality of life at an academic institution includes students perception of the university environment, perceptions of their cultural fit within the environment and stress created by environmental context. African American students perceived their predominantly white university more negatively than their white counterparts. Understanding the environmental context and academic comfort of African Americans in higher education is particularly important when personal academic achievement is sought. Evidence suggests that African Americans attending Predominantly White Colleges and Universities (PWCUs) experience significantly greater levels of overt racism, feelings of isolation, personal dissatisfaction and stress. If the environment at PWCUs is unwelcoming and intolerant of African Americans it can lead to depression and social alienation. Social alienation plays a significant role in adjustment to college as evidenced in research. Research will be cited that students of social alienation are less effective socially, had fewer friends, felt lonelier, and participated less in extracurricular activities. Social alienation experienced at PWCUs is expressed and perceived by the quality of relationships between the African American and White population of students, teachers, counselors, advisors and staff. A lack of diversity in the staff, social activities and academic organizations on PWCUs concerns people of color and produces anxieties that can affect a student's ability to learn and succeed. Included are accompanying power point presentation slides. (Contains 20 references.) (Author/GCP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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