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The Role of Black Collectives in Canadian Academic Spaces

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Title: The Role of Black Collectives in Canadian Academic Spaces
Author: Bryan, Malissa
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Sociology
Advisor: Shalla, Vivian
Abstract: The Role of Black Collectives in Canadian Academic Spaces Malissa Bryan Advisor: University of Guelph, 2015 Dr. Vivian Shalla This thesis adopts a critical race theory framework to explore the lived experiences of fourteen Black students who are members of the C. J. Munford Centre for People of Colour at the University of Guelph. This thesis examines the role of Black collectives in the lives of Black students attending a predominantly white institution by focusing on student's experiences of minority status, racial micro-aggressions, student peer relationships, as well as the modes of support and coping strategies they gain from having membership in a Black collective. The results suggest that Black students face varying levels of racial micro-aggressions from student peers in various university settings. These students utilize Black collectives as safe spaces to mitigate the effects of racial micro-aggressions, gain support from peers, celebrate Black culture and identity, and form informal peer networks.
Date: 2015-10
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