M.A. Higher Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Lesbian college students--Rowan University; Gay college students--Rowan University; Transgender college students--Rowan University
This study explores feelings of marginality and mattering as defined by Schlossberg (1989) in LGBTQIA undergraduate students at Rowan University. The study used a modified version of the College Mattering Inventory (Tovar, Simon, and Lee, distributed via email to students utilizing the university's LGBTQIA Center. The study provided an opportunity for LGBTQIA undergraduate students to give feedback regarding their experiences at Rowan. A total of 39 students responded to the survey.
The study found that LGBTQIA undergraduate students at Rowan University are experiencing feelings of mattering and marginality simultaneously. These students feel that they matter as students, and that they matter as LGBTQIA individuals, but there is dissonance between these identities that is creating feelings of isolation, loneliness, invisibility, and marginality. Overall, the LGBTQIA undergraduate population is struggling as a marginalized group, but is having some positive experiences indicative of feelings of mattering as well.
Ditzel, Liz, "Do LGBTQIA Rowan students matter? Marginality and mattering in Rowan University's LGBTQIA undergraduate population" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 2666.