Department of Educational Administration


Date of this Version

Spring 5-2014


Hunt, B.L. (2014). Managing microaggressions: A study on the effect of microaggressions on multiracial college students. (Master's Thesis). University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.


A THESIS presented to the faculty of the graduate college at the University of Nebraska for partial fulfillment of requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, Major: Educational Administration. Under the supervision of Professor Corey Rumann. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2014

Copyright (c) 2014 Brittany L. Hunt


The purpose of this study is to raise awareness about the experiences multiracial students face on college campuses specifically working to understand how multiracial students experience and manage microaggressions on campus in their daily lives. Within this I will take into account their experiences on campus as a framework for the types of microaggressions they are facing because this act of racism can be known or unknown to the victim. A microaggression is a form of racism that is “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate[s] hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults to the target person or group” (Sue, Capodilupo, Torino, Bucceri, Holder, Nadal & Esquilin, 2007, p. 273).

In my research I am looking to answer the following research questions: (a) what are the experiences of multiracial students on a predominantly White campus, specifically with regards to microaggressions? (b) How do multiracial students manage these microaggressions? Currently there is research on what types of microaggressions multiracial students face and what they look like, but there is little on how they manage microaggressions.

Adviser: Corey Rumann