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STUDENTS OF COLOR EXPERIENCE predominantly White
institutions (PWIs) differently than do White students in
terms of belonging, support, connecting, and success.
While this topic has been explored broadly, there remain
gaps in the literature about experiences of Students of
Color in the context of residential communities, which
provide the setting for much of students' out-of-class
learning and development. Additionally, much of the
existing literature examines the issue as a deficit rather
than through the lens of student self-efficacy. This study
was designed to answer the following research question:
How do Students of Color develop networks of support
in residence hall settings at PWIs? Using focus groups,
Students of Color engaged in dialogue highlighting their
knowledge and experiences related to PWIs. Examining
the data through a social capital framework, we found
that the people in residential communities emerged as
crucial to Students' of Color sense of belonging. The role
of the Community Advisor (CA), roommates, friends, and
custodians were of particular importance.

The experiences
of Students of
Color are often
examined through
the lens of
deficits-ways that
these students
lack opportunities
and resources
or are otherwise
marginalized and

Note: This project was made possible through the support of an
ACUHO-I grant.

underprepared.

STUDENTS OF COLOR ON CAMPUS: BEYOND
A DEFICIT LENS
The experiences of Students of Color are often examined through
the lens of deficits-ways that these students lack opportunities
and resources or are otherwise marginalized and underprepared.
Researchers have highlighted such experiences as alienation
(Harwood, Huntt, Mendenhall, & Lewis, 2012; Payne & Suddler,
2014; Yosso, Smith, Ceja, & Solórzano, 2009), marginalization
(Gossett, Cuyjet, & Cockriel, 1998; Jones & Reddick, 2017; Storlie,
Moreno, & Portman, 2013; Turner, 1994), microaggressions

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