"do you live in a teepee? " Aboriginal student's experiences with racial microaggressions in Canada

D. Anthony Clark, Sela Kleiman, Lisa Spanierman, Paige Isaac, Gauthamie Poolokasingham

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    Abstract

    The purpose of the current qualitative investigation was to examine Aboriginal undergraduatesâ™ (N = 6) experiences with racial microaggressions at a leading Canadian university. The research team analyzed focus group data using a modified consensual qualitative research approach (Hill, Thompson, & Williams, 1997). The authors identified 5 distinct themes that represented Aboriginal studentsâ trade; experiences with racial microaggressions on campus: (a) encountering expectations of primitiveness, (b) enduring unconstrained voyeurism, (c) withstanding jealous accusations, (d) experiencing curricular elimination or misrepresentation, and (e) living with day-to-day cultural and social isolation. Some themes were similar to previous research, whereas others were novel to the current investigation. Implications for future research and campus interventions are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)112-125
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Diversity in Higher Education
    Volume7
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education

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