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Kortegast, Carrie A., 1975-

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

Legacy Department

Counseling, Adult and Higher Education


School management and organization; Multicultural education; Art--Study and teaching


The purpose of the study was to investigate how student affairs graduate students make meaning of their prior significant experiences or professional development activities related to diversity, social justice, and inclusion (DSJI). The study examined how participants describe a significant experience related to DSJI; how participants believe that these experiences regarding DSJI influence their work as student affairs educators; how participants describe an emerging professional identity as an inclusive practitioner because of these experiences; and how participants describe the influence of arts-based research practices on their reflection about topics related to DSJI. Findings included participants' understandings of DSJI; that diversity-related learning occurs both formally and informally; that participants are becoming inclusive and socially just practitioners by developing an emerging professional identity, developing an emerging expertise, and developing an emerging framework of professional practice that supports DSJI; that diversity-related learning changed their lives; and that arts-based activity facilitated reflection. Recommendations from the study include: (a) enhance opportunities for applying diversity-related learning, (b) encourage meaning-making dialogue, and (c) experiment with arts-based reflective activities.


Advisors: Carrie A. Kortegast.||Committee members: Suzanne Degges-White; Kathryn Jaekel.||Includes illustrations.||Includes bibliographical references.


189 pages




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