Title

“Swim with the Current, Stand like a Rock”: Non-Traditional Age Undergraduates Coping with Racial Microaggressions

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

5-4-2018

Abstract

A qualitative case study with 18 non-traditional age undergraduate Women of Color yielded rich data about strategies they employed to cope with racial microaggressions on a predominantly White campus. Women first decided if, and how, to “pick their battles” based on how much time and emotional energy they had left after fulfilling familial and full-time employment responsibilities. Then, they drew upon six different coping strategies to respond to racial microaggressions. Implications and recommendations are provided.

Publication Title

NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education

Volume

11

Issue

2

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