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MA Higher Education Leadership
The University of San Diego’s (USD) Race/Ethnicity Federal Reports show that for the last 17 years, the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native students at USD has not risen above 1% (University of San Diego, n.d.). This data requires further disaggregation because the current data only represents students that solely checked American Indian/Alaska Native and does not include students who identify as biracial or multi-racial. The purpose of my research was to identify what efforts are needed to improve the experience of Native American students at USD. My research question was what factors are needed to improve the existing experience of Native American students at USD? As a result of my research, I helped raise the visibility of Native American students and used this research to develop actionable items that would support an increase of Native American/Indigenous representation and retention at USD.
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Tong, Kasandra, ""It’s a lot of work to be Native": Using Storytelling to Examine the Needs of Native American Students at the University of San Diego" (2021). M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects. 85.
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