Research has shown that feelings of belongingness within an educational setting are likely to improve outcomes in various academic-related areas. In the present study, I examine BGSU undergraduate students’ sense of belongingness, feelings of value, and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts on campus. Using an online campus climate survey, I explore differences in perceptions and experiences among students with different social identities. In particular, I focus on differences across race/ethnicity, social class, and gender identity. Findings show that there are racial/ethnic and gender differences across feelings and perceptions of the general campus climate, DEI, belongingness and value, institutional commitment, and thriving and growth, with students from historically marginalized groups feeling the lowest levels compared to students with dominant-culture identities. This study aims to spark future research on best methods for university intervention to give all students equitable access to resources and support within higher education.
Dr. Stephen Demuth
First Advisor Department
Dr. Jessica Birch
Second Advisor Department
Marino, Francesca, "A Sense of Belongingness Among Undergraduate Students Across Race/Ethnicity, Class, and Gender" (2022). Honors Projects. 797.