How Technology Impacts Underrepresented Students: A Student Affairs Perspective Division of Student Affairs Professional Program February 17, 2008 Kim Becker, Ryan Hamachek* & Cari Urabe Seattle University
How Technology Impacts Underrepresented Students:A Student Affairs Perspective
Division of Student Affairs Professional Program
February 17, 2008
Kim Becker, Ryan Hamachek* & Cari Urabe
“Despite the increase in all types of technology, little is known about how these technologies impact student development”
(as cited in Llyod, Dean, & Cooper, 2007, p.483).
With the increase of online social networks, virtual classrooms, and access to information, how are racism, sexism, homophobia, and heterosexism impacting our students in ways not previously possible and how should student affairs professionals respond?
Online harassment is defined as repeat messages that threatened, insulted, or harassed.
Considering this definition, Finn (2004) “found 10% to 15% of students reported having experienced online harassment either from strangers, an acquaintance, or significant other” (p. 474).
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. Students use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
Facebook users can create social groups to support and promote a common interest, memorial or tribute, social cause, or viewpoint. This common interest group is an example of xenophobia (or a fear of foreigners or strangers) and oppression against individuals in America who do not speak English.
These featured groups portray negative stereotypes and prejudices of women.
While groups can be discriminatory…
it’s important to acknowledge groups can serve as positive support systems too.
A group of white Louisiana college students decided to dress in blackface and reenact the Jena 6 assault. They posted a video clip and photos on a Facebook album called, “The Jena 6 on the River” (Adams, 2007).
The video clip can still be seen on this web site: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/1002071jena1.html
For those who identify as a sexual minority, e-mail harassment is more prevalent—Approximately 1/3 of survey participants “who identified as GLBT reported getting repeated e-mail from someone they did not know, or barely knew, that threatened, insulted, or harassed them” (Finn, 2004, p. 475)
“Gender and harassment and invasions of women’s on-line privacy by men has, in some cases, gone beyond macho posturing and sexist language to rating the looks of women who post photos on their homepages…” (Machanic, 1998, p. 1).
“ classrooms, and access to information, how are If women, gays, ethnic minorities, or others perceived as ‘different’ do not feel safe, they will not interact fully in the on-line classroom, and less learning will occur, not only for those who do not feel safe, but for those who are deprived of hearing the different perspectives of those who are silenced”
(Machanic, 1998, p. 4).
Chilly Campus Climate
How will racism, heterosexism, homophobia, and sexism effect various Student Affairs Departments?
Fostering Student Learning
“Students with disabilities encounter stereotypes and prejudices that are similar to those faced by individuals from other underrepresented groups”
(Junco & Salter, 2004, p. 264).
“Psychiatric disorders comprise the fastest growing category of disability among college students as evidenced by the increasing numbers of students seeking mental health services on campuses” (as cited in Belch & Marshak, 2006, p. 465).
“Chickering and Reisser (1993) provide a psychosocial development model through which college students progress in developing an identity. One of the key components includes developing interpersonal relationships with peers. Technology provides and opportunity for students to stay constantly connected with one another, but how the technology impacts peer relationship has not been fully examined” (Lloyd, Dean, & Cooper, 2007, p. 485).
Virtual Classrooms and Distance Education
Definition for Distance Education from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distance_education
Student Development Theory
Can professionals within Higher Education provide distance
learners the vibrant, in-depth assortment of a traditional on-campus learning experiences?
Technology has radically changed how the college delivers it’s programs and services to students. This has the ability to either help or hinder the underrepresented students we serve.
“As student affairs professionals work with students, it is important to understand students’ use of technology and the purposes for which they use it…Despite the original intent of technologies such as Facebook, iPods, and instant messaging, higher education professionals must consider how they could utilize these technologies differently to help students succeed with their academic life, peer relationships, and healthy lifestyles”
(Lloyd, Dean, & Cooper, 2007, p. 492).
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