Race matters: the relation between race and general campus climate

Reid, L.D.; Radhakrishnan, P.

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 9(3): 263-275

2003


ISSN/ISBN: 1099-9809
PMID: 12971093
DOI: 10.1037/1099-9809.9.3.263
Accession: 050097897

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Abstract
This study examined students' perceptions of racial and academic climate as possible mediators of racial differences in the perception of the university's general campus climate (GCC). African American (n = 182), Latino (n = 212), Asian American (n = 358), and White (n = 671) students evaluated their perception of racial, academic, and general campus climates. As expected, racial minority students, particularly African Americans, perceived more negative general campus, racial, and academic climates than White students. Somewhat contrary to prediction, results indicated that racial differences in the perception of GCC were more closely related to perceptions of the academic than racial climate for members of all racial groups at all educational levels. Students' academic and racial experiences were the best predictors of their perception of GCC.