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The role of the college campus environment and the racial identity development of biracial college students


2005 2005

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The purpose of this study was to explore how biracial students described the role of the college campus environment on the development of their racial identity. The research questions were: (1) What is the biracial student's self-assigned racial identity? (2) What life experiences have aided in the formation of the biracial individual's racial identity? (3) How has the college experience contributed to the development of the biracial individual's racial identity? (4) What key factors in the campus environment were most salient to biracial college students in the development of their racial identity? (5) How do biracial college students perceive their racial identity options within the campus environment?

A purposeful sample of 13 participants who were biracial or multiracial graduate students was chosen. Data collection occurred through semi-structured face-to-face and phone interviews. The data collected represented biracial experiences from 10 different undergraduate institutions.

Three overarching themes emerged from the data: (a) laying the foundation (b) the college experience and (c) visions for the future. The findings suggest that early childhood experiences laid the foundation for the racial identity of participants upon entering college. College courses, instructors and peers were salient factors in the students' racial identity development on campus. Participants recommend that university administrators deconstruct traditional models of racial classification and develop programs and policy that are inclusive of all students.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Higher education;
School administration;
Bilingual education;
Multicultural education
Classification
0745: Higher education
0514: School administration
0282: Bilingual education
0282: Multicultural education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Biracial; Campus environment; Identity development; Racial identity; Student affairs
Title
The role of the college campus environment and the racial identity development of biracial college students
Author
Chapman, Natasha Hanako
Number of pages
236
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 66/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542287473, 0542287471
Advisor
Grady, Marilyn L.
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3186850
ProQuest document ID
305430317
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305430317
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