Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Dr. Beverly A. Belson
Dr. Steve Rhodes
Dr. Joseph Morris
Dr. Uldis Smidchens
This study was undertaken to determine if African-American residents perceive the racial climate of residence halls differently than do Euroamerican residents at a predominantly Euroamerican university in southwest Michigan. The questions explored in this study were:
1. Do African-American residents perceive the hall environment differently than Euroamerican residents?
2. Do African-American residents perceive the residence hall government differently than Euroamerican residents?
3. Do African-American residents perceive the halls' student staff differently than Euroamerican residents?
4. Do African-American residents perceive their relation to other residents differently than Euroamerican residents?
This study consisted of analyzing the results of this writer's questionnaire e n title d Perceptions of Racial Climate in Residence Halls. It was administered to the entire residence halls population of the university in question.
The questionnaire was conducted in October and November, 1991. There was a total of 3,347 actual respondents. They were asked to identify demographic characteristics such as number of semesters in halls, gender, academic classification, high school background, racial environment, and their perceptions of the overall climate of the residence halls.
The results of these data, by category, were used to determine whether African-American and Euroamerican residents perceived the racial climate in residence halls differently. The data suggested that African-American and Euroamerican residents perceive the racial climate in residence halls differently.
Johnson-Durgans, Vanessa D., "Perceptions of Racial Climate in Residence Halls Between African-American and Euroamerican College Students" (1992). Dissertations. 1933.