ERIC Number: EJ1194766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Random Roommates: Supporting Our Students in Developing Friendships across Difference
Hudson, Tara D.
About Campus, v23 n3 p13-22 Jul-Aug 2018
Tara D. Hudson questions the potential of Duke's new policy of random roommate assignment to be successful in supporting learning about diversity. Hudson notes that with random roommate assignments, the conditions for attitude change are not necessarily met. There can be status differential and/or competition between the roommates as well as a lack of institutional training or support. This last can appear to be the institution making minoritized students responsible for their peers' education. More effective, according to Hudson's research, would be living-learning communities that foster friendships based on shared interests and developmentally appropriate support such as intergroup dialogue, intercultural training, and intercultural learning partnerships between roommates.
Descriptors: College Housing, Friendship, Student Attitudes, Peer Relationship, Racial Relations, Racial Differences, College Freshmen
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina (Durham)