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Nyunt, Gudrun

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


This qualitative case study explores the experiences and sense of belonging for Valiant Region College (pseudonym) students who served as club leaders/officers during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school year. Twelve students total were interviewed either individually or within focus groups and shared their personal experiences, trials and triumphs as they navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings of this study highlighted four themes: (a) the importance of in-person activities, (b) participants felt a sense of belonging with face to face (F2F) engagement prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, (c) students struggled to create involvement activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and (d) students felt like an outsider at the institution during the COVID-19 pandemic. Implications for practice are discussed.


104 pages




Northern Illinois University

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