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An Exploration of the Experiences of LGBTQ International Students: The Case of the University of Pittsburgh

Tarasi, Philip (2016) An Exploration of the Experiences of LGBTQ International Students: The Case of the University of Pittsburgh. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This doctoral dissertation aimed to explore the unique experiences of a very specific, yet quite diverse segment of the student body population in higher education: International students who also identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ). The experiences of this subset of the student population have not been extensively examined in scholarly research (Rankin, 2006). Oba and Pope (2013) indicate that these students might confront many difficulties in their academic and personal lives on American campuses as they grapple with factors related to their multiple identities. In light of these findings, this dissertation strove to explore the experiences of these students on one college campus in a city in the United States, the University of Pittsburgh. Sixty-nine students completed a survey which was created specifically for this study. Thirteen of the survey respondents also participated in individual interviews. Results indicated that students’ experiences were quite varied whereby some students reported more positive experiences than others. Furthermore, many participants indicated that they were not open about their LGBTQ identities to others on campus. Negative encounters with homophobia and racism were also reported by various participants. Recommendations are presented for higher education professionals regarding implementing services to assist this diverse student population with a myriad of potential difficulties in their new surroundings.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tarasi, Philiptarasi@pitt.edutarasi
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJacob, W. Jameswjacob@pitt.eduwjacob0000-0002-5205-5463
Committee MemberBickel, Williambickel@pitt.edubickel
Committee MemberStall, Ronaldrstall@pitt.edurstall
Committee MemberSutin, Stewartsutin@pitt.edusutin
Date: 22 December 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 December 2016
Approval Date: 22 December 2016
Submission Date: 21 December 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 171
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: LGBTQ International Students in Higher Education
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2016 16:41
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2017 20:54


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