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Winkle-Wagner co-authors paper published in Journal of College Student Development

August 16, 2017

UW-Madison’s Rachelle Winkle-Wagner co-authored a recent paper that was published in the July issue of the Journal of College Student Development.

The paper is titled, “Encouraged or Weeded Out: Perspectives of Students of Color in the STEM Disciplines on Faculty Interactions.” The lead author on the paper is Dorian McCoy, an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Courtney Luedke, an assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Whitewater, is also a co-author.  Luedke recently earned her Ph.D. from the UW-Madison School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

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Winkle-Wagner is an associate professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

This research explores how vital the relationships between students and faculty are when it comes to students being successful. These relationships are even more important when it comes to students of color, who have been historically excluded from these educational systems.

In particular, the study examines the different experiences of students of color pursuing STEM degrees at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) versus predominantly white institutions (PWI). 

As the paper explains: "The findings suggest that students at PWIs felt as if faculty attempted to 'weed them out' of STEM disciplines, whereas students at HBCUs reported feeling encouraged and well socialized to enter STEM disciplines. There are important lessons from this data on how to better support Students of Color in STEM disciplines."

Read the full paper here.