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Kortegast, Carrie A.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


Arab Muslim students continue to face various forms of islamophobia on campus despite efforts from the college to make campus more welcoming and inclusive. As Muslim students express concern about the rise of islamophobia on campus and bigoted rhetoric on social media, college leaders, administration, and faculty have an imperative role to play in curbing anti-Muslim sentiments, xenophobia, and racism across campus and in the classrooms. To address these concerns effectively and meaningfully, it is important for colleges to understand who their Arab Muslim students are and the challenges they face as college students amid islamophobia. This dissertation explored how Arab Muslim students experiences of islamophobia at a community college campus and how that shaped their sense of belonging on campus. Key findings included fear of islamophobia, invisibility on campus, feeling ignored and misunderstood from other peers, encountering islamophobic microaggressions, and engagement and student support.


142 pages




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