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ERIC Number: EJ1091999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-8926
Exploring Student Affairs Professionals' Experiences with the Campus Racial Climate at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)
Garcia, Gina A.
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, v9 n1 p20-33 Mar 2016
Although we know that people experience the campus racial climate differently based on their racial/ethnic identity, less is known about how they perceive the climate based on the racial/ethnic diversity of their institution and specifically within their department. Instead, the campus racial climate has largely been studied at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and from a macrolevel, suggesting that experiences and perceptions are not only similar across all institutions, but within institutions. Furthermore, we know little about how student affairs professionals make meaning of the campus racial climate. Guided by the Multicontextual Model for Diverse Learning Environments (MMDLE), this study explored the way student affairs professionals at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) experience and perceive diversity. Findings show that the "compositional diversity" of the department largely affects "perceptions" and "behaviors", confirming that although there may be differences in the way student affairs professionals experience the campus racial climate based on their social identities, perceptions also vary based on the microclimate in which they work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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