Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



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Wei Chin Hwang

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Considerable research indicates that Black undergraduate women’s college experiences are greatly compounded with psychological stressors such as gender and racial oppression, negatively impacting their psychosocial adjustment. Consequently, this dissertation aims to explore the traumatizing effects of oppression on Black undergraduate women’s college experiences. This thesis discusses the dynamic relationship between trauma and oppression, highlighting the general components of trauma and oppression. This thesis also considerably discusses the impact of this relationship on Black women’s undergraduate experiences. Moreover, a multi tiered trauma informed intervention program is proposed for Predominantly White Undergraduate Institutions. The goal of this intervention program is provide higher education institutions with the proper tools and professional development skills to prevent its Black female students from experiencing further trauma while also aiding previously trauma affected students with the proper mental health care treatment.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.