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be able to predict the racial climate at other institutions. I am only examining three colleges, but researchers may mirror my prospectus to study how the racial climate on campus impacts not only Black students but other minority groups at PWIs. Discussion and Social Change This study is relevant because it is a practical application for higher education administrators, students, and faculty. The findings and contribution of this study has the ability to increase awareness on college campuses. This study of racial climate and microaggressions shows that racism and discrimination is still prevalent to this day. It illuminates the lack of racial equality and justice in Higher Education. Numbers will remain an issue as long as institutions continue to places race on the back burner. My study is also important in that it holds potential to decrease drop out and increase retention rates, especially for students of color. I will contribute some practices institutions may decide to incorporate for their Black students in order to see a more successful enrollment and attainment rate. For example, out of the three colleges I researched Alma College was the only one that lacked a leadership program for black students. Leadership roles will push black students to be successful academically. It will also reinforce the idea that they are just as capable as their white counterpart to be known for their outstanding service to the society. Thus, this would be something my research could bring to institutions. My research will provide innovative ideas to administrators at institutions and it is my hope that building an open environment on campus tops their list. As we tackle the dangling 23
2 fear of race, colleges and universities nationwide will see an increase in enrollment and attainment rates among Black students. Berea College in Kentucky is a progressive, multicultural 4-year private non-profit institution that is in tune with its diverse student body. The mission statement of Berea College is not a short and simple mission like most colleges. Berea aims to spread an inclusive aspect to its mission by stating, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” shapes the College’s culture and programs so that students and staff alike can work toward both personal goals and a vision of a world shaped by Christian values, such as the power of love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice” (Berea.edu). In order to become a collective, inclusive whole, Berea aims to erase stigmas that linger above minority students. The researchers of Racial Microaggression in the Residence Halls recommend three key aspects that can make a difference on the campus racial climate (Harwood et. al 2013:169-170). In the following paragraph I will apply CRC to these three key aspects and how they may lead to a more positive, more just racial climate.

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