Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Counseling and Human Development
Counseling and Personnel Services, PhD
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Multiracial; sense of belonging; codeswitching; diversity; discrimination; inclusivity
Constantly feeling a lack of acceptance and getting the comment “You are too Black” or “You are too White” is a challenging, common occurrence for multiracial students, but especially those in predominantly White institutions. This is just one of the barriers that stand between multiracial students and forming a sense of belonging at a predominantly White institution. The majority of research examining sense of belonging focuses on either Black or White students, but neglect multiracial students and their experiences. This dissertation examines sense of belonging for multiracial (Black/White) students in a predominantly White institution, by interviewing 11 multiracial students at one predominantly White institution. Renn’s (2004) Ecological Theory of Mixed-Race Identity Development and Maslow’s (1954) Hierarchy of Needs are used as the theoretical framework for this study. Chronic codeswitching, multiracial bridge, multiracial students as pawns, and sense of belonging with close friends & student organizations are emergent themes in this phenomenological qualitative study on multiracial students and their sense of belonging in a predominantly White institutions.
Wright, Nicholas Lamar, "Chronic codeswitching: A phenomenological study examining Multiracial student sense of belonging in a predominantly White institution." (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3658.
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