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Political Context, Campus Climate, and Minoritized Students' Political Identities: Contending With the Trump Era

Sun, April 11, 10:40 to 11:40am EDT (10:40 to 11:40am EDT), Division J, Division J - Section 1 Poster Sessions


Beginning with the 2016 presidential campaigns, the permeance of the political context in the campus climate became increasingly apparent. This political context combined with the election result produced fear and anxiety for minoritized populations (APA, 2017; Gonzalez et al., 2018). This paper explores how undergraduate college students with one or more minoritized identities made sense of the political context appearing within the campus climate as well as the complex intersections of their social and political identities. This study combines interview data from two separate projects (Heaton, 2008) and followed a path of critical data analysis for 41 student interviews. Findings represent variation in how students with minoritized identities contended with the current political context.