Hispanic Students’ Perception of Discriminatory Campus Climate in a Hispanic-serving Institution

By Hazar Shehadeh and Mohamad Hani Termos.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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With the increasing number of minority students in the United States, racism is still a problem. A large body of literature has indicated that minority students, especially Hispanics and African Americans, are subject to racial tension, harassment, and discriminatory attitude in white-dominant institutions. However, reports about discriminatory campus climate in racially-mixed institutions are very scarce. There is a need to examine the discriminatory climate in racially-mixed institutions to add to the current body of literature. To fill this gap, the researchers in this study examined the discriminatory campus climate in a Hispanic-serving institution, and they also attempted to study if race was the first controlling factor for such a climate. This was a quantitative descriptive study, and the researchers utilized a survey to collect Hispanic students’ perception of their campus climate. Descriptive statistics were used to present the results of the survey and draw conclusions. The results of this study indicated that race was the highest factor upon which discrimination was based on campus.

Keywords: Discriminatory Campus Climate, Hispanic Students, Hispanic-serving Institution

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.65-71. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 221.405KB).

Dr. Hazar Shehadeh

English Professor, Division of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, South Texas College, McAllen, Texas, USA

Ms. Shehadeh has a BA in English as a foreign language and English literature and MA in English. She is a doctoral candidate currently working on her dissertation (data collection) for a PhD in Education with a concentration in ESL/ESOL. She is an English professor who has been teaching face-to-face, hybrid, and online developmental English courses as well as academic English courses at the college and university levels. She has also been working on research projects to accelerate underprepared college students' learning.

Dr. Mohamad Hani Termos

Biology Professor, Division of Math & Science, South Texas College, McAllen, TX, USA

Dr. Mohamad Hani Termos has a BA in Biology, MA in biological sciences with an emphasis on molecular biology and biotechnology, and an EdD in educational leadership. He teaches online, hybrid, and face-to-face biology and education courses. Also, he has been working on research studies in immunology and microbiology as well as instructional technologies in the classroom.


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