“‘I Was Gonna Go Off, But My Best Friend Is White.”: Hispanic Students’ Co-Cultural Reasoning In A Hispanic Serving Institution
co-cultural theory, Hispanic serving institutions, Hispanic students, qualitative research
The researchers engaged in a qualitative analysis (using journaling and focus group methodology) of the communicative behaviors of Hispanic students with White institutional members at a medium-sized, Southwest HSI. Utilizing Co-Cultural Theory and Elaborative Coding analysis, the authors mapped how Hispanic students narrated their co-cultural communication and reasoning (i.e., why they engage in one strategy rather than another). The findings show that, although Hispanic students used almost all co-cultural strategies, their responses were clustered primarily around assimilationist strategies–indicating that they engage in a high degree of self-monitoring and self-censorship when interacting with White institutional members in an HSI. These results suggest that even when Hispanic students constitute a large or majority part of the institution’s population, they still feel the need to engage in behaviors that navigate White norms. The study concludes by examining the findings for co-cultural theorizing as well as providing insights for instructors who wish to engage in inclusive teaching practices.
Department of Communication and Media
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UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Sanford, Amy; Rudick, C. Kyle; Nainby, Keith; Golsan, Kathryn B.; Rodriguez, Stephanie Rollie; and Claus, Christopher J., "“‘I Was Gonna Go Off, But My Best Friend Is White.”: Hispanic Students’ Co-Cultural Reasoning In A Hispanic Serving Institution" (2019). Faculty Publications. 521.