A Study of Racism on the Campus of Milligan College
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Racism is a social issue that is still happening today. Racism, as defined in this study, is an act of aggression toward a person of one race from a member of a different race. Many colleges and universities struggle with racial equality. Racism may be expressed by students, faculty, and staff on college and university campuses. Forms of racism may include: verbal, nonverbal, written, or physical acts of aggression based on racial prejudices. In light of learning about racism on other college and university campuses, I have conducted a research study to see where Milligan College stands from student perspectives on racial equality. To do this, I developed a survey that was distributed to a sample of 157 traditional undergraduates enrolled in the Fall-2016 semester. I looked at two groups: GOAH Diversity Scholars and Non-GOAH students. I used a stratified systematic random sample to select participants from the general student body for the Non-GOAH group and sent surveys to all of the GOAH Diversity Scholars. Of the 157 selected participants, 79 finished the survey. The results of this study show that racism is an issue on Milligan’s campus in terms of student-to-student relations. A lot of the racism that occurs on campus, according to the present study, is expressed in the form of inconsiderate comments and racial jokes. This may be due to lack of familiarity with people of other races than oneself. Diversity classes could help lessen the divide between the white majority student body and those of different races on the campus of Milligan College.