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ERIC Number: ED551325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 239
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-6933-6
How College Affects Racial Identity Development of Multiracial Students at Two Predominantly White Private Institutions
John, Elizabeth A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Edgewood College
The multiracial population is noted as one the fastest growing populations in the United States. This growth and need for providing a campus climate of inclusion for all students has implications for colleges and universities in their recruitment, retention, satisfaction, and graduation of multiracial students. The purpose of this study was to examine how the college environment affects the racial identity development of multiracial students through the lens of an integrated theoretical framework (Chickering & Reisser, 1993; Pascarella & Terenzini, 1991, 2005; Renn, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004; Wijeyesinghe, 1992, 2001, 2012). This study employed a phenomenological approach and used semi-structured individual interviews and document analysis with 12 self-identified multiracial students from two small, private, liberal arts, predominately White institutions in the Midwest. The primary research question was: In what ways does the college environment affect the racial identity development of multiracial students at two small, private, liberal arts, predominantly White institutions in the Midwest? Overall, four key findings emerged. Within one of the findings, participants indicated that the college environment affected their racial identity development in the following ways: (a) contributed to their growth and awareness, (b) constructed support and challenge, and (c) produced feelings of multiracial identity disenfranchisement. This study found that the academic, social, and personal contexts of higher education influence multiracial students' racial identity development. To that end, institutions of higher education must actively create supportive contexts that create a campus climate of inclusion for multiracial students. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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