Date of Graduation

Spring 5-20-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership (O&L)


School of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Seenae Chong

Second Advisor

Dr. David Donahue


The purpose of this study was to analyze the experiences that undergraduate students of color had at a diverse, private university in Northern California. This study used a qualitative methodology of phenomenological research to learn of the experiences of undergraduate Students of Color. Three participants were interviewed and asked about the resources they relied upon throughout their undergraduate experience and in the academic advising system on this campus as it related to their academic success. Critical Race Theory was used as a lens to frame the results and the findings showed the effects that family and class background had on the experiences of these participants. A sense of community on this campus that supported these students was important to them. The results also showed that these participants felt supported at this institution but relied only on certain types of resources available to them. This study adds to the body of existing literature and aims to empower the voices of Students of Color and challenge cultural deficit narratives to show the wide variety of experiences that Students of Color have in navigating the college experience.