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BIAS-RELATED INCIDENTS TARGET STUDENTS from
historically marginalized populations regularly. These
experiences may have emotional, physiological, and
even physical consequences causing these students to
have lower retention rates in higher education. Through
individual interviews and a follow-up focus group, eight
participants shared their experiences with bias-related
incidents, their decisions to disclose or not to disclose,
and their perceptions of university resources. Housing
professionals have an essential responsibility to cultivate
relationships with students making them more likely
than other staff or faculty to be the receiving parties of
disclosures. Training for housing professionals needs to
go beyond providing foundational knowledge regarding
bias-related incidents and policies and procedures.
These training sessions should focus on making change,
balancing proactive and reactive practices, and actualizing
housing professionals' roles as allies.

Students from
historically
marginalized
populations
experience a
range of biasrelated incidents
including written
derogatory terms;
graffiti; racially

BIAS-RELATED INCIDENTS ON
COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Students from historically marginalized populations experience
bias-related incidents regularly (Harper, Davis, Jones, McGowan,
Ingram, & Platt, 2011; Harwood, Huntt, Mendenhall, & Lewis, 2012;
Hughes, Anderson, Cannon, Perez, & Moore, 1998; Rankin, 2003).
Some research shows these incidents even occur daily (Swim,
Hyers, Cohen, Fitzgerald, & Bylsma, 2003) often resulting in physical and psychological harm (Choi, Paul, Ayala, Boylan, & Gregorich,
2013; Smith, Allen, & Danley, 2007); a negative campus climate
(Hughes et al., 1998; Milem, 2003; Rowley, Hurtado, & Panjuan,
2002); and ultimately lower retention rates for historically marginalized students (Sue, 2010). To affect these challenges, reporting
protocols have become a national focus to support targets of biasrelated incidents, to improve campus climate by becoming more
proactive in diversity education, and to become more effective in

themed parties;
verbal threats;
and even physical
assault.

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