The Experience of White Students as a Temporary Minority in TRIO-Funded Programs-

Amanda L. Bonilla, Erica Campbell, Whitney Watkins, Joliana Yee


Although research has been conducted on the experience of White students as temporary minorities in some racial minority settings, little research focuses White students’ experiences as a temporary minority in TRIO-funded programs. In this study, the experience of White students in a TRIO experience were examined through focus groups. Findings suggest that students often had an initial fear of the experience; however, they felt the program was largely positive and beneficial to their growth and development. Participants expressed an overall consensus pertaining to the advantages of being in a diverse student environment. Implications and conclusions for program administrators, student affairs professionals, and other campus leaders are discussed.

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