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Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0003-3323-8819

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Amber Simpson

Abstract

Binghamton University and institutions alike have put forth certain rules and efforts to ensure that students of the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, and students who are religiously affiliated feel safe. The reality is that many of these students feel unwelcome and ostracized due to their social identities (Blakmon et al., 2020). The aim of this non-experimental study was to investigate if there was a significant difference in sense of belonging among minority groups of undergraduate students who attend Binghamton University, as well as those who are not part of minority groups. We hypothesized that the sense of belonging amongst minority groups will be lower when compared to the student population that does not self-identify within one of the following minority groups: LGBTQ+, racial minority, religiously affiliated. There was no significant data to conclude that students at Binghamton University who are LGBTQ+, a part of a racial minority, or are religiously affiliated have a lower or higher sense of belonging compared to students who are not part of those minority groups. This may mean that Binghamton University has found ways to support students that belong to these minority groups.

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