Publication Date

Spring 5-7-2018

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


The purpose of this study is to further understand the disconnect between sustainability efforts and the underrepresented student population at the University of San Diego (USD). One of the main concerns of this study is why underrepresented students are not getting involved in sustainability activities on campus, and whether or not that is due to being a minority on campus, which may impact how they choose to get involved in these efforts. The main research questions are: How can I help the Office of Sustainability at USD reach out to underrepresented students who may have stigmas and/or stereotypes towards sustainability? How is the department of Sustainability reaching out and encouraging underrepresented students to become more sustainable? How can change be created within the office to provide a more inclusive environment for underrepresented students to become involved in sustainability efforts? An undergraduate student demographic survey, focus group, and office presentation have been utilized to address these questions and concerns over the course of the 2017-2018 school year at USD.