Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Problematic Yet Necessary Effort: White Women in Student Affairs and Anti-Racist Allyship
by Lachman, Macey W., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 132; 10749935
Abstract (Summary)

As overt acts of racism are becoming increasingly visible and publicized on college campuses, institutions may be tasked with addressing issues around hate speech or racist marches. Meanwhile, white supremacy covertly impacts institutions through biased policies and practices. In this context, student affairs professionals can either perpetuate or combat racism. This study examined how 10 white women working as mid-level student affairs professionals in highly diverse institutions in Southern California made meaning and engaged in anti-racist allyship. The findings were organized along four themes: perceptions of campus climate at diverse institutions, developing white racial consciousness, efforts toward anti-racist allyship, and complexities of white allyship. Participants noticed the impact of historical and geographical contexts, and they identified aspects of climate specific to their institutions. They described the process of developing racial consciousness in a cyclical way, and they understood anti-racist allyship as advocacy. The complexities of white allyship included role confusion, difficulty identifying racism, white privilege, and the consequences of allyship. Emerging from this theme, a conceptual model of white anti-racist identity development is proposed. Recommendations for policy and practice include revision of the ACPA and NASPA (2015) social justice and inclusion competency, increased professional development opportunities around racial justice, and the inclusion of research on racial identity development and disrupting white supremacy in graduate degree programs. Recommendations for future research are also provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davis, Shametrice
Commitee: Jarnagin, Lea, Ortiz, Anna M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Multicultural Education, Education, School counseling, Higher education
Keywords: Allyship, Anti-racism, Anti-racist allyship, Higher education, Student affairs
Publication Number: 10749935
ISBN: 9780355827484
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