How Directors of Residential Life at Jesuit Institutions Address Campus Hate Crimes and Bias Incidents

Jenifer Diane Campbell, Fordham University


While America aspires to be color-blind, society is failing to live up to the goal of treating all people equally. According to Sue (2013), “Research reveals that it is nearly impossible not to notice race” (p. 78). On the topic of a color-blind society, Harper and Patton (2007) stated, “Instead of tackling the realities of race, it is much easier to ignore them by embracing colorblind creates a lens through which the existence of race can be denied and the privileges of Whiteness can be maintained without any personal accountability” (p. 3). Diversity and inclusion are an essential part of education. Learning to live and work with people unlike yourself strengthens educational institutions, individuals, and society. Unfortunately, many campuses fail to adequately address hate crimes, bias incidents, and micro-aggressions or to safeguard their most vulnerable students (Bauman, 2018). Moreover, the problem will only get worse as the country becomes increasingly diverse, challenging White dominance and White privilege. The problem poses a unique moral dilemma on Jesuit campuses committed to academic excellence, service, leadership, and care for the whole person. Directors of Residential Life play a key role as potential charismatic transformational leaders who can help to shape the next generation of leaders and engaged citizens in committing to creating a world that breaks down barriers and brings America closer to realizing the dream of a society where everyone is created equal. This research project used Critical Race Theory and examined how six Directors of Residential Life at Jesuit institutions address campus hate crimes and bias incidents.

Subject Area

Higher Education Administration|Multicultural Education|Higher education

Recommended Citation

Campbell, Jenifer Diane, "How Directors of Residential Life at Jesuit Institutions Address Campus Hate Crimes and Bias Incidents" (2019). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI13881091.