Much Discussion, Not Much Change: Perceptions of Campus Climate Continue to Differ Along Racial Lines

  • Arien B. Telles
  • Tania D. Mitchell


In this chapter, Telles and Mitchell provide a brief historical overview of campus climate issues beginning with the 1980s, provide information about the 2017 Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey, and present racial campus climate data. The issue of negative campus climates for students of color in higher education institutions across the United States has been well documented and many resources have been dedicated to programming and initiatives to address these negative environments. As the SERU data used for this descriptive article show, however, perceptions of and experiences with a negative campus climate continue to be an issue. The authors discuss the disconnection between programming meant to change campus climate and the actual outcome of this type of programming, as well as other possibilities that may begin to truly address campus climate issues for students of color in higher education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arien B. Telles
    • 1
  • Tania D. Mitchell
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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