Critical Race Theory, Racial Microaggressions and Campus Racial Climate: The experiences of African-American college students

D. Solorzano
M. Ceja
T. Yosso


Microaggressions are subtle insults (verbal, nonverbal, and/or visual) directed toward people of color, often automatically or unconsciously. Using critical race theory as a framework, the stud described in this article provides an examination of racial microaggressions and how they influence the collegiate racial climate. Using focus group interview data from African American students at three universities, it reveals that racial microaggressions exist in both academic and social spa in the collegiate environment. The study shows how African American students experience and respond to racial microaggressions. It also demonstrates how racial microaggressions have a negative impact on the campus racial climate.


About the Study

Links to Article
Publication Type Report
In Publication Journal of Negro Education
Type of Research Qualitative
Research Design Interviews
Intervention/Areas of Study
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined
Peer-Reviewed Yes
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest 2-year institution
Specific Course or Program Characteristics Professions
Outcome Variables of Interest Satisfaction
Student Sample Size 0-99
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