The Intersection of Self-Identification and Socialization in a Predominantly White Institution

Patrick Wilson Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Kenneth Colburn Butler University
For my research, I would like to explore how identity impacts the educational success and mental health of minorities at a Predominately White Institutions (PWI). . W.E.B. Du Bois once explored a concept known as “double consciousness”. It is said that African Americans struggle with the burden of maintaining a sense of self while simultaneously being aware of how others perceive them. One’s struggle with this can lead to what Du Bois referred to as an identity crisis. Du Bois insight on this concept provides keen insight and a solid foundation to the understanding of the role identity plays in social interaction and success. Another study discusses the implications of racial identities and its effects on South East Asian student’s educational success. The study found that “though 90 percent of the teaching force in U.S. public schools are white, schools are growing in this diversity” (Sychitkokhong 2016). While the school grows in diversity, educators are not being educated about the issues other ethnicities and races have experienced. This lack of understanding or knowledge, was shown to impact the way in which students who identify as other ethnicities or minorities, perform in school. My study is important because minorities have been shown to be more likely to drop out of school, have higher rates of depression, and less motivation for academic success than their white counterparts. I hope to contribute to current research on the impact of racial and ethnic identification of minorities at Predominately White Institutions, and the subsequent impact on their mental health and academia.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

11:30 AM
Jordan Hall 203