Event: UCI Summer Research Symposium
Date: August 15, 2019
Location: UCI Student Center
Title: A House is Not a Home: Code Switching in Higher Education
Author: Daniel Hodge
Mentors: Brandy Gatlin, John William Szusa
This presentation investigates the ways in which Black students reclaim agency within historically white spaces. In spaces where Blackness is intentionally discarded, Black students often cope with racial-microagressions through the use of code-switching: a linguistic and verbal survival tacted used by bilingual students and students of color as a way to help them navigate ideological spaces. By providing Black students spaces absent of racial incidents, we can transform the way in which they experience University life. These outcomes will hopefully result in increased retention of Black students in higher education, provide Black students the agency to express their identity, and most importantly, we can provide Black students more awareness of their mental health and wellness in predominantly white spaces.