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  • Writer's pictureDr Shungu Hilda M’gadzah

Ideological Shifts in Higher Education: Six Stages of Understanding and Dealing with Racism, Homophobia, and Ableism at the Collegiate Level.



As many of you know I value my academic background having worked in Higher education for 8 years. As part of my doctorate my research was in the area of emotional intelligence.


Research and evidence based practice is so important to me. This is why I am so excited to introduce you to @gracemarsh, an amazing young woman I was immediately impressed the first time she attended one of my Eventbrite workshops (see link below).


She certainly embodies the moto of #GrinnellCollege.


"Curiosity can take you anywhere.

This is more than a place, and much bigger than an idea. Grinnell is a way of being and seeing. It’s an unwavering commitment to the journey of discovery, both in everything we want to do and everything we want to become."


Grace shows a true commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and to her journey in learning more.


Let me tell you about Grace’s presentation and forthcoming research! She is presenting this weekend at the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting (Des Moines, Iowa) in the "Shifting Status, Shifting Identities" session. Her research is titled "Ideological Shifts in Higher Education: Six Stages of Understanding and Dealing with Racism, Homophobia, and Ableism at the Collegiate Level." She will be wrapping her research in the next few weeks and we will update you of her findings in due course. 


Research focus and methodology


Grace’s research aims to explore how first-year undergraduate students perceive and navigate issues of racism, homophobia, and ableism over the course of their first year in college. Semi-structured interviews will be used to examine participants' attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors surrounding racism, homophobia, and ableism.


Interviews will be conducted at the beginning and end of the academic year to analyze potential ideological shifts that have occurred over the course of one school year.


To identify ideological shifts, interviews will be analyzed with Dr. Shungu M’gadzah’s Six Stages Framework (2022). The research will allow colleges and universities to gain insight into the specific social, cultural, and institutional factors that shape students’ perceptions and responses to racism, homophobia, and ableism."


Future research using the Six Stages Framework


Contact us if you want to explore using the Six Stages Framework as a research tool.

Interested to hear from students and tutors.


I am also working with Dr Ama Collison exploring how we can embed the Six Stages Framework into the Higher Education Curriculum. More posts to follow on this.


Previous research by Inclusion Psychologists Ltd and Six Stages Framework


Dempsey, A., M'gadzah, S., & Watson, S. D. (2022). Diversity and Racism in Higher Education: The Six Stages Framework. In E. Meletiadou (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Practices for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (pp. 354-376). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-9628-9.ch018



Johnson, A. L., M'gadzah, S. H., & Watson, S. D. (2022). Autistic Spectrum Conditions in Higher Education During COVID-19: Recommendations and Support Strategies. In E. Meletiadou (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Practices for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (pp. 188-219). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-9628-9.ch010


Meletiadou, E. (Ed.). (2022). Handbook of Research on Practices for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education. IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-9628-9



My Thesis:

Parliamentary evidence




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Link to the Midwest Conference



First posted 5th April 2024

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