Thursday, April 24, 2014

Campus diversity study assesses student experiences | Cornell Chronicle

Campus diversity study assesses student experiences | Cornell Chronicle: The voices of nearly 400 Cornell students discussing their experiences with diversity on campus form the basis of a new study completed this month. Students engaged with diversity scholar Sylvia Hurtado and her team in focus-group discussions during fall 2013 for the study, “The Climate for Diversity at Cornell University: Student Experiences.”

In October, the research team engaged in face-to-face interactions with 99 students in 14 focus groups representing diverse constituencies including Latino, Asian, black, Native American and LGBT. A website collected individual comments and recommendations from an additional 298 students (190 undergraduates and 108 graduate students). The researchers then identified emergent themes, focused on authentic forms of engagement; diversity skills and knowledge; bridging diverse communities; bias, discrimination and harassment; and power dynamics and equity.