Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Marie Simonsson

Second Advisor

Dr. Jesus Abrego

Third Advisor

Dr. Ralph Carlson


This study examined the influence of students’ age, gender, ethnicity, and classification, as well as student-faculty interactions, on perceptions of belonging among undergraduate students with disabilities enrolled in a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with predominantly Hispanic enrollment. Both students with disabilities (SWD) and Hispanic students are underrepresented in higher education. For the purpose of this research, the theoretical perspectives supporting this study included Strayhorn’s (2012) model of Sense of Belonging among diverse populations of college students, as well as Vaccaro, Daly-Cano, and Newman’s (2015) model of Sense of Belonging among college students with disabilities. Institutional data were reviewed and analyzed to explore the contribution of student-faculty interactions, age, gender, classification, and student ethnicity.


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