Addressing the Neglect of Students of Color: The Strategy of Life Coaching

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Jenny McGill
Lindsey Huang
Erin Davis
David Humphrey
Jenny Pak
Andi Thacker
Joshua Tom

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During an era of declining enrollment and increasing operational costs, schools affiliated with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) are challenged to remain vigilant in addressing the particular needs of racial ethnic minority (REM) students. Upon review of the literature on REM and first-generation students, that REM students continue to be invisible because of structural institutional neglect is notable. Yet the Christian scriptures call for the spiritual practice of seeing the other, a theme explored here through an integrative discussion. The practical strategy of life coaching is then suggested as one way to aid these students in their academic journey, because it improves the student’s sense of belonging, self-efficacy, and ultimately, their success. Christian colleges and universities are urged to seriously consider implementing life coaching in order to serve students of color better.

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