Seanna Leath ’13, University of Michigan, published as first author, “'We really protested': The Influence of Sociopolitical Beliefs, Political Self-efficacy, and Campus Racial Climate on Civic Engagement among Black College Students attending Predominantly White Institutions” in Journal of Negro Education, Summer 2017. 

Abstract: The current study examined sociopolitical worldviews (just world beliefs, racial stigma consciousness), political self-efficacy, and campus racial climate as influences on civic engagement behaviors among Black college students (N = 322) attending selective predominantly White institutions (PWIs). Findings highlight varied patterns across college men and women. Endorsing just world beliefs related to more civic engagement over time, and this relationship was stronger for more politically efficacious Black men. Among Black women, perceiving negative campus racial climate (racial tension and mistrust) promoted civic engagement, especially among those higher in political efficacy. Results highlight the importance of considering individual and contextual-level factors in studying Black college students’ civic engagement. The authors discuss ways to provide support for students given the current sociopolitical climates on many college campuses.

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