Student Interaction and Negative Mental Health Effects: Evaluating Black Students’ Perceptions of Racial Climate at a Canadian University

In this MA thesis from the University of British Columbia, utilizing 12 in-depth interviews with Black students, results show that Black students navigate instances of everyday racism on campus and in the classroom. Consequently, Black students experience negative mental health effects, forms of alienation, and social isolation. The author illuminates the heterogeneity of Black student experience on campus, problematizes current models of campus racial climate and outlines culturally responsive equity and diversity initiatives that universities can implement in Black student populations.

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