Combating anti-Asian racism on college campus: Do college students’ peer relations and sense of belonging on campus buffer the effects of anti-Asian racism on social anxiety?
In this study, we examine the prevalence of racism and its relation to social anxiety among Asian American college students. Despite the long immigration history, there has been the lack of attention toward Asian American college students due to stereotypes associated with them (e.g., model minority). Given the increasing racially motivated hate crime and harassment against Asian Americans, the findings of the study would provide timely and crucial insights on racial discriminatory experiences among Asian American college students. Furthermore, the findings of this study would provide a basis to develop racial literacy programs. For example, campus outreach programs can be developed to improve awareness about racial discrimination among Asian populations not only for college students, but also for faculty/staff members. 1) Evidence-based: We aim to conduct survey with 180 IUPUI college students. In collecting data, we are using the survey questionnaire developed based on prior empirical studies about racism among college students. Furthermore, the findings of the study would provide valuable empirical evidence to develop racial literacy programs on our campus. 2) Inter/cross disciplinary: This study was built upon multi-disciplines such as social work, psychology, education and public health. Furthermore, when developing and implementing racial literacy programs, interdisciplinary collaboration will be utilized for their successful outcome and impact. 3) Goal oriented for betterment of everyday life: College campus should be a welcoming and nurturing place where all students from different backgrounds feel safe and can focus on maximizing their potential. The findings of the study would contribute to creating such environment by assessing our own bias and improving awareness about racial discrimination.