Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Fort, Edward B.


This study explores the impact of institutional culture at three North Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on the extracurricular (non-academic) activities of 15 Hispanic students. Through a cultural ethnographic research approach, this study utilizes the Critical Race and Latino Critical theories as a framework to ascertain if institutional programs and policies are discriminatory, racist, or unfair to Hispanic students. Both theories critically examine how societal norms and values intersect with race and culture. However, Latino Critical Theory recognizes the multifaceted aspects (language, sexuality, identity, or immigration) of the Hispanic student. The fundamental focus remains on the extent to which university policies, practices, and programs affect the level of Hispanic student‘s non-academic engagement.