Measuring external implicit and explicit racism and its effect on college students

Mentor Name:
Vanessa Johnson-Ojeda

Mentor Position:
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership & Policy



Project Description:

This dissertation study will examine how contemporary implicit and explicit racist incidents that occur in our society influence BIPOC students’ academic performance in the classroom. Using critical quantitative methods, students will co-construct a measure that will ultimately be administered in a study in Fall 2021 to a large body of U of U students.

Opportunity Type:

Volunteer; This is a paid research position; This is a work-study research position; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis or Senior Thesis; Earn independent study credit

Student Role:

Students will co-lead focus groups, co-create questions, and keep a journal of their experience.

Student Benefits:

Qualitative & Quantitative skill-building - focus groups, field notes, scale-development, co-authored on future papers.

Project Duration:

Late April - August. 2 hours per week (or more if desired).

Minimum Requirements:

Enthusiasm for learning, understanding of the systemic effects of racism of BIPOC communities, critical-thinker, & responsible. Will need to complete FERPA training.