"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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