Author Bio

I am a History major and Museum Studies minor. After performing grant research last summer to collect oral histories from minority and ally students and faculty, I felt my work was unfinished. I saw it fitting to quantify their lived experiences into usable data.


Through a series of 29 oral histories, a dataset consisting of the experiences of 29 minority or ally students and faculty was created. Analyzing their experiences revealed manners in which inequalities within WCU, particularly retaining to retention and graduation rates, could be minimized. Those experiencing discrimination have statistically lower academic performance and are more likely to drop out. To systematically address these disparities, action at the administrative, faculty, and student level is described, each of which had a positive impact on student success. The variety of methods described can inform future initiatives seeking to make WCU a more inclusive place.