Publication Date

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


This action research explores how undergraduate students involved in multicultural clubs and organizations at the University of San Diego, define and engage in racial allyship. The purpose of the study was to understand how these students identify allies of color or other racially minoritized groups; as a means to work in collaboration for resource acquisition, persistence, and to magnify student voice. This is important to the research as current social and racial justice rhetoric primarily focuses on white people as allies to communities of color. Thus, my research question was: how can I help students of color enhance their capacity for racial allyship at a predominately white institution? My findings indicate that students desire reliability, trust, and reciprocal participation from their allies.

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