Capstone/Dissertation Title

Transforming school culture: the effects of a diversity club on a suburban high school

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

What is the perceived impact of implementing a diversity club in fostering a more supportive, inclusive environment at an outer-suburban senior high school? In order to investigate this question, I helped to create and advise an after school student-led diversity club. The intention of this club was to try to create a safe and welcoming environment where students could confront the challenges facing them at the school. Several students and teachers that were involved with the club completed an open ended survey to assess their perception of the school climate and the potential of the club to make a difference. The results of this survey suggested that the subjects believed the club could and/or already had made a difference in making the school more supportive and inclusive. The outcome of this capstone research demonstrates how a diversity club may have the potential to considerably impact the climate of a school.

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