Considered Diversity in decision to attend the college.
In Table 2: African American Alumnae College Comfort Level Vs. Background Experience, the same groups of comfort are used. Those indicating variations of comfortable and uncomfortable in question number 31 on the survey were compared to the questions assessing the respondents’ background. The background areas are based on factors that may influence the respondents’ comfort level at the college in reference to their experiences with the campus racial climate. The questions assess the racial makeup of their high school, the emphasis of diversity in their decision to attend Saint Mary’s College, and their religious affiliation with respect to the college’s Catholic background.
A high number of respondents reported being non-Catholic, 10 out of 14 of those indicating feeling comfortable described their religious affiliation as something other than Catholic in comparison to one out of those uncomfortable respondents with the same response. 68.7% of the total respondents did not indicate their religious affiliation as Non-Catholic; however, some did choose some variation of Christianity.
Over half of those respondents with comfortable attitudes described the racial makeup of their high school as predominantly White and five out of 14 respondents described their high school as being racially mixed or diverse. One respondent from the uncomfortable group described their high school as being predominantly White and the other’s high school was described as racially mixed. Overall there is a low percentage of those respondents, comfortable and uncomfortable, that considered diversity in their decision to attend college, only 3 out of 14 said diversity was considered from those comfortable and zero of those uncomfortable indicated diversity as a consideration.
Table 3: African American Alumnae College Comfort Level Vs. Experience with Campus Participation, those respondents indicating their attitudes toward the college being comfortable and uncomfortable are shown. Their comfort levels are compared with their areas of college participation, a factor known to influence and African American student’s perception of their predominantly White environment. The areas of participation measured are campus clubs, athletics and religious services.
Table 3: African American Alumnae College Comfort Level Vs. Experience with Campus Participation