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Seeing through their eyes: the diversity and inclusion lessons learned from rural university students

Seeing through their eyes: the diversity and inclusion lessons learned from rural university... In recent years, diversity and inclusion in higher education has become a topic of increased interest both nationally and internationally. Given the importance of this topic in today's world, it is surprising that the research is limited, especially with university students in the rural areas. This study examines on-campus students' perceptions of university diversity initiatives, and their value to the university environment.Design/methodology/approachFocus-group interviews with both undergraduate and graduate students from a public university in rural Michigan, USA, were conducted. Focus groups were used in this study because they are a particularly good method for generating discussion and stimulating ideas.FindingsOverall, the participants identified several positive attitudes toward diversity and inclusion that included being accepting and respectful. However, it is significant that some participants are limited in their perceptions of culturally diverse backgrounds, which has resulted in some anxiety.Originality/valueThis study not only provides guidance to current institution administrators to create effective inclusive environments in their university. It can also be treated as a model for other rural universities, as building a successful inclusive environment in the future. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Higher Education Evaluation and Development Emerald Publishing

Seeing through their eyes: the diversity and inclusion lessons learned from rural university students

Seeing through their eyes: the diversity and inclusion lessons learned from rural university students

Higher Education Evaluation and Development , Volume 16 (1): 14 – May 10, 2022

Abstract

In recent years, diversity and inclusion in higher education has become a topic of increased interest both nationally and internationally. Given the importance of this topic in today's world, it is surprising that the research is limited, especially with university students in the rural areas. This study examines on-campus students' perceptions of university diversity initiatives, and their value to the university environment.Design/methodology/approachFocus-group interviews with both undergraduate and graduate students from a public university in rural Michigan, USA, were conducted. Focus groups were used in this study because they are a particularly good method for generating discussion and stimulating ideas.FindingsOverall, the participants identified several positive attitudes toward diversity and inclusion that included being accepting and respectful. However, it is significant that some participants are limited in their perceptions of culturally diverse backgrounds, which has resulted in some anxiety.Originality/valueThis study not only provides guidance to current institution administrators to create effective inclusive environments in their university. It can also be treated as a model for other rural universities, as building a successful inclusive environment in the future.

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Catherine S. Browers and Henry Wai Leong Ho
ISSN
2514-5789
DOI
10.1108/heed-12-2020-0053
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Abstract

In recent years, diversity and inclusion in higher education has become a topic of increased interest both nationally and internationally. Given the importance of this topic in today's world, it is surprising that the research is limited, especially with university students in the rural areas. This study examines on-campus students' perceptions of university diversity initiatives, and their value to the university environment.Design/methodology/approachFocus-group interviews with both undergraduate and graduate students from a public university in rural Michigan, USA, were conducted. Focus groups were used in this study because they are a particularly good method for generating discussion and stimulating ideas.FindingsOverall, the participants identified several positive attitudes toward diversity and inclusion that included being accepting and respectful. However, it is significant that some participants are limited in their perceptions of culturally diverse backgrounds, which has resulted in some anxiety.Originality/valueThis study not only provides guidance to current institution administrators to create effective inclusive environments in their university. It can also be treated as a model for other rural universities, as building a successful inclusive environment in the future.

Journal

Higher Education Evaluation and DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: May 10, 2022

Keywords: Higher education; USA; Rural university; Diversity and inclusion; Students' perceptions

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