Presentation Title

Do I Belong Here?: Analyzing the Impact of Race on African American Campus Citizenship at Whittier College

Faculty Mentor

Sylvia Vetrone

Start Date

17-11-2018 2:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 2:15 PM

Location

C155

Session

Oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

My research focuses on the impact of race on African American (black) campus citizenship. More specifically, my research, using Whittier College as a case study, seeks to examine to what degree black students feel as though they are accepted within their campus community. I intend to collect and examine this data though surveying, interviewing and conducting focus groups with black college students who are at, have graduated, and who have withdrawn from Whittier College. Specifically, much of the survey’s content will include questions pertaining to involvement on campus (sports, fraternity/sorority involvement, clubs/organizations), expected graduation year, affiliation with Whittier, race/ethnicity identification, and residential/commuter Status on Campus. The purpose of my research is to better understand whether being black affects one’s perception of community membership. In addition, I intend on examining whether black men have different levels of perceived community membership on college campuses than black women. Some of the questions which I will seek to answer include, “What could college campuses do/provide to impact black students’ experiences/belonging on College Campuses?” as well as, “How can colleges ensure black students’ success at their institutions?” The hypotheses which I have made are that 1. being black does impact perception of belonging on college campuses, 2. black men and black women have different perceived community membership as well as different experiences on college campuses 3. belonging is impacted by athletic participation, representation within the student body as well as faculty members and 4. belonging is impacted over time (years in college).

Summary of research results to be presented

While I am still working on receiving my Institutional Review Board (IRB) Certification and approval in order to officially send out my surveys and conduct my interviews in order to get concrete data for my topic specifically, I have found in my literary research that there is a stark difference in black male collegiate completion and black female collegiate completion. I hypothesize that perception of college campus citizenship will be different between both groups as well.

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Nov 17th, 2:00 PM Nov 17th, 2:15 PM

Do I Belong Here?: Analyzing the Impact of Race on African American Campus Citizenship at Whittier College

C155

My research focuses on the impact of race on African American (black) campus citizenship. More specifically, my research, using Whittier College as a case study, seeks to examine to what degree black students feel as though they are accepted within their campus community. I intend to collect and examine this data though surveying, interviewing and conducting focus groups with black college students who are at, have graduated, and who have withdrawn from Whittier College. Specifically, much of the survey’s content will include questions pertaining to involvement on campus (sports, fraternity/sorority involvement, clubs/organizations), expected graduation year, affiliation with Whittier, race/ethnicity identification, and residential/commuter Status on Campus. The purpose of my research is to better understand whether being black affects one’s perception of community membership. In addition, I intend on examining whether black men have different levels of perceived community membership on college campuses than black women. Some of the questions which I will seek to answer include, “What could college campuses do/provide to impact black students’ experiences/belonging on College Campuses?” as well as, “How can colleges ensure black students’ success at their institutions?” The hypotheses which I have made are that 1. being black does impact perception of belonging on college campuses, 2. black men and black women have different perceived community membership as well as different experiences on college campuses 3. belonging is impacted by athletic participation, representation within the student body as well as faculty members and 4. belonging is impacted over time (years in college).