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ERIC Number: ED552121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 208
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-9256-0
Whiteness: A Narrative Analysis on Student Affairs Professionals, Race, Identity, and Multicultural Competency
Ashe, Susan Elizabeth
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
This study explored the effect race has on the daily work of white student affairs professionals, how invested participants feel in being multiculturally competent, and their awareness of racial identity, racial attitudes, and racial privilege. Semi-structured interviews were used to gather responses from 12 white, student affairs, mid-level managers who work at predominantly white institutions of higher education. Literature in the areas of whiteness, white privilege, color-blind racial attitudes, white racial identity development, and multicultural competencies provided context and a framework for the findings wrought through narrative analysis of the interviews. Professional associations have set the expectation that those in the field of student affairs must value diversity and be multiculturally competent. This study reveals levels of awareness and preparedness some student affairs educators possess to implement this value of supporting diversity in higher education. Findings suggest white student affairs professionals are not static individuals, but have varied experiences that affect their daily job, their racial awareness, and their investment in being multiculturally competent. The racial awareness of study participants fell along a spectrum that was primarily influenced by their formal education and personal racial experiences. Additionally, while most participants were invested in being multiculturally competent, many lacked the confidence, skills, or support to act on their interest in improving diversity efforts on their campus. [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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