You Belong Here: An Analysis Of Belonging In The Black Student Population At The University Of Texas At Austin
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The implications of belonging in the study of college students and student success is becoming increasingly important in understanding students success. In fact, research has shown findings that a sense of belonging is integral to most all learning environments. Yet, with the ongoing impacts of increasing diversity and tumultuous campus climates, belonging among students, particularly black students, is vulnerable. Therefore, this thesis further analyzes black experiences within regard to sense of belonging as an underrepresented population at a predominantly white institution. In spaces of higher learning, a sense of belonging can become an important factor in student success academically, socially, and emotionally. In actuality, for African-American students at a predominantly white institution like the University of Texas at Austin, in which the number of people that look like you is less than 5% of the overall student population, it becomes crucial. In collecting data to better understand the experiences of black students at the University of Texas at Austin, I will explore into the key threats to sense of belonging on this campus, the implications of different levels of belonging, and how this information should be used in order to advance the progress of diversity on this campus.