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Resident Directors' Understandings of Disability
THE RESIDENTIAL EXPERIENCES OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
in higher education play a pivotal role in their overall campus education.
However, little is known about the ways that staff who manage and support
these residential environments understand and work with issues and concepts
of disability. Utilizing constructivist grounded theory, this study examines how
resident directors think about and work with disability within their positions in
residential management. The study also explores how resident directors think
about and understand disability as a component of diversity, the steps that they
take in working with students with disabilities, and the support they provide
their student staff in fostering residential communities inclusive of students
with disabilities. The findings suggest that resident directors' work related to
disabilities and disability identity is marked by tensions between individual
understandings of disability and institutional systems and job expectations.
Suggestions are provided for ways to better support resident directors as they
navigate a conflict between personal beliefs and positional responsibilities.
T
he number of students with disabilities who are enrolled in postsecondary education
in the United States has risen over the past several decades (Newman
et al., 2010; Snyder et al., 2019; Snyder & Dillow, 2010). While enrollment has
increased, an achievement gap between college and university students with disabilities
and those without appears to persist. Research has suggested that the awareness
and responsiveness of residence life staff has significant implications for the campus
experiences of students with disabilities (Wilke et al., 2019), but studies on the perspectives
and understandings of staff remain quite limited (Vacarro & Kimball, 2019).
The present qualitative study sought to investigate how residence life professional staff
understand disability.
The purpose of this constructivist grounded theory study was to explore how resident
directors (RDs) understand disability by asking the following question: In what
ways do RDs from small private liberal arts colleges and universities think about and
work with issues and concepts of disability in the context of campus housing? Answering
this question can clarify which areas of future research on student affairs' support
of students with disabilities are most important or need the most attention.
IMPORTANCE OF THE EXPERIENCES OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
IN CAMPUS HOUSING
The campus housing experience appears in the literature as something that may
contribute to the persistence of students with disabilities (Mamiseishvili & Koch,
2011), while simultaneously presenting its own barriers and challenges (Camarena &
Sarigiani, 2009). One theme that emerged across several studies on students with
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