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Although Binghamton University and institutions alike put forth certain rules and efforts to ensure that students of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, people of color, and students who are religiously affiliated feel safe, the reality is that many of these students feel unwelcome and different due to their social identities. The aim of this non-experimental study is to investigate if there is a significant difference in sense of belonging among minority groups of undergraduate students who attend Binghamton University, as well as between undergraduate students who self-identify within a minority group, with those who do not. We hypothesize that sense of belonging amongst different minority groups will be lower when compared to the Binghamton University student population that does not self-identify within a minority group. A survey was sent to undergraduate students across the university campus, and inferential statistical analysis was used to compare the means of the different subgroups. We contend that results from this study may highlight how offering various supports for minority students may not be enough to create a sense of belonging within academic institutions and that more research needs to be conducted to have effective safeguards in place.



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Sense of Belonging among Minority Groups at Binghamton University