The Effect of Student Perception of Campus Climate for Diversity and Inclusion on Overall University Experience: A Race/Ethnicity Comparison Study

  • Thapelo Ncube
  • Wayne Jacobson
  • Tilden Whitfield
  • Conor McNamara


Diversity and inclusion are critical factors that help us determine the strength of an institution’s campus climate. In order to accurately examine underrepresented students’ experiences, we must measure where, when and how a given institution champions diversity and inclusion. It is not only necessary for universities to track the number of students on campus from underrepresented groups, but they should also be fully aware of the necessity to provide a climate of inclusiveness at their institution. For this chapter, the authors used the 2016 Student Experiences in the Research University (SERU) survey to explore students’ perception of respect towards their race on campus, students’ satisfaction with campus climate for diversity, and the relationship between these factors and students’ overall satisfaction with their educational experience.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thapelo Ncube
    • 1
  • Wayne Jacobson
    • 1
  • Tilden Whitfield
    • 2
  • Conor McNamara
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.University of West FloridaPensacolaUSA

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