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ERIC Number: ED533396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 219
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-4947-8
Tipping Point: The Diversity Threshold for White Student (Dis) Engagement in Traditional Student Organizations
Elston, Dhanfu El-Hajj
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Georgia State University
During a time when most institutions of higher education are in search of underrepresented student participation, Georgia State University (GSU), a majority White institution, has observed a lack of involvement of White students in co-curricular activities. The purpose of the research study was to critically examine White students' (dis) engagement in traditional student organizations at this university that has a significant student of color population. I used case study methodology that allowed for a breadth of conceptual frameworks and research options. The methods of collecting data included interviews (formal, informal, and oral history) of current and former students, as well as campus administrators. In addition, the use of archived texts and photographs, yearbooks, organization rosters, and university enrollment statistics allowed for crystallization of data, layered interpretations, and document analyses. I used the data sources to interpret GSU White students' perceptions of campus climate, racial interactions, leadership among students of color, and racial identity that influence their (dis) engagement in traditional student organizations and campus life. In exploring the "rhetoric of diversity," I argue that the experiences and attitudes of White students can inform the policy debate on institutional mission and offerings. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia