Mixed Race Students in College: The Ecology of Race, Identity, and Community on Campus

Mixed Race Students in College: The Ecology of Race, Identity, and Community on Campus

SUNY Press
July 2004
308 pages
Hardback ISBN10: 0-7914-6163-7; ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6163-1
Paperback ISBN10: 0-7914-6164-5; ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6164-8

Kristen A. Renn, Associate Professor
Michigan State University

Portrays the diverse experiences and identities of mixed race college students.
 
Kristen A. Renn offers a new perspective on racial identity in the United States, that of mixed race college students making sense of the paradox of deconstructing racial categories while living on campuses sharply divided by race and ethnicity. Focusing on how peer culture shapes identity in public and private spaces, the book presents the findings of a qualitative research study involving fifty-six undergraduates from a variety of institutions. Renn uses an innovative ecology model to examine campus peer cultures and documents five patterns of multiracial identity that illustrate possibilities for integrating notions of identity construction (and deconstruction) with the highly salient nature of race in higher education. One of the most ambitious scholarly attempts to date to portray the diverse experiences and identities of mixed race college students, the book also discusses implications for higher education practice, policy, theory, and research.

Table Of Contents

Preface

1. The Context of Mixed Race Students in American Higher Education
2. The Ecology of Multiracial Identity on Campus—An Analytic Framework and Research Design
3. Patterns of Multiracial Identity among College Students
4. I’m Black—Monoracial Identity
5. I’m Asian and Latina—Multiple Monoracial Identities
6. I’m Mixed—Multiracial Identity
7. I Don’t Check Any Boxes—Extraracial Identity
8. It Depends—Situational Identity
9. From Patterns to Practice—What Mixed Race Identity Patterns Mean for Educational Practice
Appendix A: Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity
Appendix B: Summary of Study Participants
Appendix C: Interview and Focus Group Protocols
Notes

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