Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Orkideh Mohajeri, Ph.D

Committee Member

James Tweedy, Ph.D

Committee Member

Ivet Tweedy, Ph.D

Committee Member

Jacqueline Hodes, Ph. D


This thesis addresses racial and/or cultural student-led organizations, cultural and racial identity development and its impact on campus racial climate. I look at the relationship of campus racial climate, and how it impacts undergraduate student participation, comfort and success both during and after graduation. I explore the research and data from studies conducted with minority students regarding their personal experiences and their own racial development. With this research I propose a reimagined relationship between student organizations, their partnerships, programming, and faculty. This issue is of importance to all members of society, regardless of their educational choices following high school. These individuals will still live, interact, and work with each other, making an empathetic and understanding relationship of the upmost importance.