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Multiracial Student Issues in Colleges and Universities

Colleges and universities give multiracial students the space and time needed to consider or reconsider issues of race, identity, and racial classification. Changes in institutional reporting requirements in recent years have made it possible for students to mark more than one race in describing themselves, which contributes visibility and validation to students identifying as multiracial. This entry provides an overview of the ways in which the college environment can influence multiracial students and a summary of the complexity associated with capturing the multiracial student experience.

Influence of College on Multiracial Students

The college environment is uniquely suited to support and challenge students' identity choices for several reasons. First, the salience and ubiquity of race within higher education provides numerous opportunities for students to question, explore, and express ...

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