How Far Does Influence Go? Racialized Resistance and University Culture

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2017

Faculty Sponsor

Rosaura Conley-Estrada


In recent years, universities have found themselves in the spotlight for their approaches to grievances of racial bias and discrimination. To better understand how university culture can influence millennials’ understanding and explanations of racial phenomena, I examine the ways in which students navigate issues of racial inequity. Data reveals that the culture of the examined university, created by an adoption of a diversity ideology, overwhelmingly leads to a system I call racialized resistance. Under racialized resistance, a student's race acts a master status and determines how they can participate in politicized civic engagement. I find that students employ four strategies: strategic suppression, acceptable resistance, avoidance, and power analysis.

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