ERIC Number: EJ1090113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Situating Race in College Students' Search for Purpose and Meaning: Who Am I?
Watt, Sherry K.
Journal of College and Character, v16 n3 p135-142 2015
People in the U.S. live in a racialized society whereby life experiences, economic opportunities, social relationships, and psychological rewards hinge upon a racial hierarchy that benefits Whites and often disadvantages other races. Studs Terkel once referred to race as "An American Obsession." Therefore, it is near impossible to nurture the development of good citizens without helping them to situate the role race plays in their lives. Notably, the development of racial identity for many racial minorities is central, whereas for White students it may be peripheral. Yet, the recurring social problems that revolve around race on campuses, in our nation, and abroad touch the lives of most students during college. This article is based on the assumption that intentionally facilitating the racial identity development process for all students needs to be an essential practice for faculty, higher education administrators, and student affairs practitioners. It describes the process qualities and skills that practitioners can nurture in the environment and in themselves, as well as in students, amidst and beyond racial controversy.
Descriptors: Race, College Students, Identification (Psychology), Racial Identification, Student Development, Context Effect, Social Differences, Educational Practices, Critical Theory
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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