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Lauren Gih

California State University Long Beach

Fall 2017 Associate Research Fellow

Born and raised in Torrance, CA, Lauren has worked with students in special and general education, as well as at the post-secondary level.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from California State University Channel Islands and a M.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California. 

Currently, Lauren is a Doctoral Candidate of Education at Concordia University Irvine and a Teacher Credential Candidate at California State University Long Beach.  Lauren’s doctoral research expertise includes educational equity, specifically the investigation of how campus climate contributes to the performance of minority students. 

Research Summary

Lauren’s doctoral dissertation investigates the role of campus climate on the undergraduate experience using an adapted questionnaire, The Perceived Campus Climate Inventory. 

The research questions guiding this study examine the relationship of perceived discrimination on student performance, compared by group demographic variables, such as gender, ethnicity, and religious affiliation.

This study is interested in discovering if students feel they are being discriminated against, how discrimination is expressed, and the effects of a perceived hostile campus climate on student outcomes. 

Furthermore, discrimination as a cyclical entity is explored to gain insight into if students who feel discriminated against hold higher discriminatory feelings against their peers and faculty. 

The importance of this research is supported by the significant discrepancies in post-secondary degree attainment between students based on ethnicity and socioeconomic status. 

Thus, this study aspires to grant insight into the experiences of diverse students based on their demographic profile.