Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2021

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


College students continue to become more racially diverse. Despite this, some students of color do not achieve a sense of belonging on their campuses, and whites continue to be overrepresented as educators and administration in higher education. It is critical for white staff and faculty to examine their roles in upholding systemic racism in their institutions. This study investigated how white faculty and student affairs staff, including myself, engage in our own racial identity development and subsequently engage in anti-racist action in our professional roles. Recommendations are provided for how white educators can perform self-work to identify blind spots, how they can coconspire to create an anti-racist culture at the University of San Diego, and how the institution and executive leadership can support and join this endeavor.