Student Affairs

Supporting Identity Development among Multiracial Students to Increase Institutional Connectedness

Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Dr. Jason Meriwether and Brittany Hunt
Price: $98.00

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Multiracial students often arrive to college campuses facing the dilemma to associate with one racial category and disassociate with others. On some campuses, self-identified multiracial students feel that support is inadequate, which leads to lack of connection to the university, poor college experience, or attrition. This interactive and energized session will examine effective support structures for multiracial students that enhance identity development, assess the within-group campus experience, and offer strategies to open dialogue and increase institutional connectedness.

This course emphasizes an all-inclusive approach that captures student leadership, residence life staff, academic advisement, faculty, and senior level administration while examining multiple ways of teaching and understanding this segment of the college student population. Adopting tenants of the course recommendations will empower administrators to engage challenges to connectedness among this population of students, and help student affairs professionals to enhance and retool services.


  • To provide a scholarly and practical framework for addressing needs assessment among self-identified multi-racial students;
  • To provide pertinent approaches to engaging self-identified multi-racial students and increasing opportunities to establish institutional connectedness;
  • To share trends in student engagement that are effective for retaining self-identified multi-racial students; and
  • To identify already existing programs & strategies for increasing institutional connectedness from colleagues that are successful and can be utilized at other institutions.


Program participants will leave with increased knowledge of the following:

  • Assessment methodology for multi-racial student self-identification and institutional connectedness;
  • Strategies for engaging the campus community with open dialogue regarding multi-racial student experience; and
  • Ability to utilize best practices in engaging multi-racial students through self-identity and institutional connectedness framework.


  • Student Affairs staff at all levels interested in the retention of multiracial students
  • Retention or Enrollment Management Personnel
  • Multicultural Affairs personnel
  • First year student Experience personnel
  • Dean of Students/VPs for Student Affairs/Senior Student Affairs Officers
  • Academic Advisors


Coordinating presenter Jason L. Meriwether is the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. Jason has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on topics such as retention & persistence, assessment, strategic planning, professionalism & career trajectory, social media, and hazing. Jason has led enrollment management & strategic planning initiatives from development to implementation that yielded increases in enrollment & retention among student populations in various racial, ethnic, and geographical demographics. Jason also served on the Board of Directors for Community Nashville, a not-for-profit organization that serves the city of Nashville through diversity education programs for youth and targets eliminating bias and racism from the community, from 2009-2012.

Co-presenter Brittany L. Hunt is Graduate Assistant in the Promising Scholars Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As it relates to the program, Brittany helped raise awareness of multiracial student’s experiences on campus by developing programming surrounding this population of students. Brittany has also created an assessment of the programming that was implemented. In her undergraduate work, Brittany conducted a study on how multiracial students self-disclosed about race, and for her master’s thesis work she is working on a study which looks at how multiracial students experience, and manage, microaggressions. She has also done various research projects on the identity development of multiracial in her graduate coursework.

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