Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Laila McCloud

Academic Year



Research has indicated that college students experience bias from college faculty on a regular bias. However, there is no mandated training for college faculty on the various forms of bias and the impact that it can have on students’ ability to be successful. While bias influences many students, students of color, women, LGBTQ+ students, and students from of different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds experience bias at greater rates than white students. This project explores how the various forms of bias, the training that college faculty receive, student development theory, and how bias impacts students’ success and their sense of belonging in the greater campus community. It is proposed that implementing bias training for college faculty will increase student retention and motivation, specifically from these underrepresented populations of students. Ultimately, this project argues about the need for faculty to engage in bias training so that they can better understand the diverse population of students and the systemic issues that certain populations serve and how they can create more equitable and inclusive environments for all students.