- Differing Perceptions: How Students of Color and White Students Perceive Campus Climate for Underrepresented Groups
- Journal of College Student Development
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Volume 46, Number 1, January/February 2005
- pp. 43-61
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Using a campus climate assessment instrument developed by Rankin (1998), we surveyed students (n = 7,347) from 10 campuses to explore whether students from different racial groups experienced their campus climates differently. Students of color experienced harassment at higher rates than Caucasian students, although female White students reported higher incidence of gender harassment. Further, students of color perceived the climate as more racist and less accepting than did White students, even though White students recognized racial harassment at similar rates as students of color. Implications are offered for understanding campus climates, providing appropriate interventions, and overcoming White privilegeand resistance.