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ERIC Number: EJ1149376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
Messages in Collusion: Resident Assistants and White Racial Identity Development
Cook, Kathy; McCoy, Dorian L.
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v43 n3 p68-79 2017
This critical case study examined the racial identity development of 10 White RAs who participated in 12 hours of diversity and social justice training during a two-week summer program. Helm's White Racial Identity Development Model served as the study's theoretical framework. In this paper, we discuss the incongruence between the Northeast State University Department of Residential Life training content and the RAs' deeply held beliefs about race and racism. We conclude by offering recommendations to residential life practitioner-educators for enhancing RA training, diversity, and social justice education, and assisting White RAs in their racial identity development. [Discussion questions developed by Jordan Peterson.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A