As an alternative to previous remedies for address the gap in educational attainment of
African Americans, I assert in my research that the different types of trauma African
Americans are systemically exposed to cause severe limitations on educational attainment.
Because many African Americans attend community college as a first step toward a fouryear
degree, I designed a survey that was administered to Skyline College in San Bruno,
California to test whether trauma was a significant factor in the lives of its African
American students. My survey population included all students in order to draw
comparisons between African American students and other racial and ethnic groups. After
analyzing and interpreting the data, policy recommendations on how to address the needs
of students who suffer from trauma‐related illness impairing educational attainment will
Urban Combat: The Effects of Trauma on Educational Attainment for African Americans.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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