Trent Pinto, Ph.D. is a 2019 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Pinto at his Dissertation Defense.
L-R: Dr. Carol Baron, Committee Member, Dr. Philomena Essed, Committee Chair, Dr. Littisha Bates, Committee Member, Dr. Leslie Picca, Committee Member (not shown).
- Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Carol Baron, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Littisha Bates, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Leslie Picca, Ph.D., Committee Member
The phenomenon of racism in our world is deeply tragic, with historical roots that pervade college campuses and the work of student affairs professionals no less than elsewhere in society. In fact, a premise of this research is that the American university as an institution was founded on White dominance and privilege. Today the effects of racism still trickle into the personal and professional lives of those working in student affairs. This study was aimed at understanding the problem through the eyes and experiences of student affairs professionals. The overarching research question was how do incidents of racism on campus impact student affairs professionals? A mixed methods approach was used comprising four phases: individual interviews, focus group interviews, a survey, and a final focus group to encapsulate and validate the issues of racism and its impact on student affairs professionals. Pivotal questions that motivated this research included how are we taking care of ourselves and one another when faced with racism on-campus? What type of individual work around identity development and understanding are we engaged in? How can we simultaneously impact the lives of our students in a positive direction while limiting the impact racism is having on our profession? What do we need to do as a community of student affairs professionals to better ourselves, better our profession, and make a positive impact on our campus community? The results confirmed the persistence and pervasiveness of racism on campus, impacting and necessitating the work of today’s student affairs professionals. Detailed results and implications for practice and further research are discussed in reference to three levels: the individual student affairs professional; the group, or collectivity of the various student affairs roles across campus, and community, or university-wide. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/, and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/.
Pinto, T. A. (2019). The Impact of Racism on the Personal and Professional Lives of Student Affairs Professionals: A Mixed Methods Study. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/531