Publication Date

Summer 8-28-2021

Document Type

Action research project: USD users only.

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


Academic literature on racialized educational disparities on college campuses nationwide is abundant. Rarer is research into how universities take ownership of and action towards addressing these disparities. This project seeks to fill this gap by attempting to build capacity for organizational reflection and responsibility, and documenting that process.

The objective of this research was to collaborate with Scripps Institution of Oceanography leaders to better understand and improve academic outcomes of underrepresented and minoritized Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) graduate students by focusing attention on departmental awareness, self-reflection and strategic action.

The project was successful in building greater capacity for equity-focused conversations, though participants had challenges identifying action within their spheres of influence. This research uses behavior change models to explain this outcome and provide recommendations that will help sustain a culture of anti-racism and inclusive action at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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