Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"I Wish They Would…": The Role White Student Affairs Professionals Can Play in Disrupting Systemic Racism in the Supervision of People of Color in Higher Education
by Farris, Victoria E., Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2018, 193; 10829181
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to understand the role that White people can play in dismantling systemic racism and oppression in the supervision of people of color in student affairs. The primary goal of the study was to better understand, from the perspectives of people of color, how systemic racism and bias in the supervision of people of color could be disrupted and what role, if any, White people can play in the disruption. Using a critical race theory (CRT) framework, the study sought to outline how White people can demonstrate allyship and engage in dismantling systemic racism. This was a qualitative research study using a CRT framework. The researcher conducted 20 interviews with participants who all identified as student affairs professionals of color about their experiences with workplace racism, what inclusive workplaces would look like, and how White folks can play a role in contributing to an inclusive environment. The findings showed that workplace racism was prevalent among participants, with many outlining experiences with bias or racism in multiple roles and on different campuses. Further, all 20 participants agreed that there is a role for White folks to play in fostering inclusive environments. Based on participant descriptions and a CRT lens, a framework emerged for White people who seek to engage as allies and accomplices to racial justice in student affairs. This framework includes: learning, understanding, self-reflection, and action on the individual, group, and organizational levels.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gasman, Marybeth
Commitee: Harper, Jessie, Winkle-Wagner, Rachelle
School: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Higher Education Management
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Higher education, Ethnic studies, Educational sociology
Keywords: Allyship, Higher education, Racism, Student affairs, Supervision, Whiteness, People of Color
Publication Number: 10829181
ISBN: 978-0-438-33906-4
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