Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Multiracial Undergraduate and Graduate Student Experience
by Meaux, Lauren N. , Ed.D., Loyola Marymount University, 2020, 171; 28092367
Abstract (Summary)

Multiracial individuals have been largely overlooked by the government (Nagai, 2016) and in the education sector (Botts, 2016). The lack of social network and community resources (Miville et al., 2005) have contributed to the challenges that Multiracial individuals face when finding a sense of belonging and positive sense of identity. During the transition into college, unique opportunities are presented to Multiracial individuals as they experience detachment from one culture group and have the chance to begin interacting and affiliating with other cultural groups (Houston & Hogan, 2009). Most students have a natural desire to associate themselves with others (Beck & Malley, 1998), but Multiracial individuals struggle to find racially and culturally aligned groups. Campus involvement is important because it leads to higher rates of academic performance and growth, retention, and academic satisfaction (Gardner & Barnes, 2007).

This dissertation seeks to examine the phenomenon of the Multiracial student experience on a college campus situated in a diverse Californian city. Using a phenomenological qualitative methodology, this study explored the identity patterns that Multiracial individuals experienced from Renn’s (2000) patterns among Multiracial college students. In addition to the most frequent patterns that individuals experience, resources and networks that provided on campus support were also investigated.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Huchting, Karen
Commitee: Herr Stephenson, Rebecca, Stoddard, Elizabeth
School: Loyola Marymount University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Ethnic studies, Higher education
Keywords: Higher education, Identity, Mixed-race, Multiracial, Renn's patterns of identity
Publication Number: 28092367
ISBN: 9798664754346
Copyright © 2021 ProQuest LLC. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Cookie Policy