Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) can present unique challenges, both socially and psychologically, for students of color and non-American students to overcome during their adjustment to a higher education setting. These unique challenges, rooted in the racial/ethnic and cultural dynamics of being a student of color and/or an immigrant or refugee, extend beyond mere academic concerns and encompass struggles to feel a sense of inclusion and acceptance among their predominantly White and U.S.-born classmates, roommates, and faculty, in addition to enduring microaggressions and more overt displays of racial, ethnic, and/or xenophobic, anti-immigrant bias. Based on qualitative independent ethnographic research conducted at Millersville University, this panel features three undergraduate student presentations that examine the social adjustments and dynamics of finding acceptance among students of color and immigrant/refugee students at Millersville University, a predominantly White, south-central Pennsylvania PASSHE institution.
Grazia Kaminstein, WCU Student Volunteer
Ms. Kelli Miller, What Causes Students of Color to Drop Out of Predominantly White Institutions?: A Qualitative Study of Millersville University
Mr. Caseem Luck, I am Not So Rare’: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Education in Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania
Ms. Chantel Jones, I’ve Never Seen One of You Before!: Experiences and Identities Among Students of Color at Millersville University