Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado

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Dr. Brian Iannacchione


Racism is a controversial but present topic in our society. Researchers have identified negative outcomes associated with interactions with racism, microaggression, and racist campus climate. Because universities tend to have racially/ethnically diverse student populations, students might experience racism on campus, which could negatively impact their academic performance. The purpose of this research is to examine how students at a four-year liberal arts institution in the Rocky Mountain region perceive racism on a predominantly white campus and to explore possible associations between racism problems on campus, students’ academics, experiences or witnesses of racism, students’ year in school, and college within the institution. This information can help inform administrative efforts to reduce perceived racism and improve student attitudes, retention, and success.

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