“Trying to be accepted”: Exploring foreign-born immigrants’ interactions with faculty and practitioners

Michael J Stebleton, Colleen Rost-Banik, Elizabeth Greene, Linda DeAngelo

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Abstract

This multi-institutional qualitative study included an examination of foreignborn, undergraduate, immigrant college students’ interactions with faculty members and student affairs professionals. Individual interviews with 103 immigrant students-representing over 40 countries-were collected across three U.S.-based institutions. Using Bronfenbrenner as a guiding framework and Charmaz’s constructivist grounded theory, three main theoretical categories that impact students’ sense of belonging emerged: navigating the system, encountering injustices, and seeking validating relationships. Implications for student affairs practice are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-370
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Student Affairs Research and Practice
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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