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dc.contributor.authorHughes, Bryce Edward
dc.contributor.authorKothari, Shriyansh
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Homosexuality on 2021-11-11, available online:
dc.description.abstractLesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) students persist in STEM majors at a lower rate than their heterosexual peers. This study posits that heteronormativity, as an instance of depoliticization in STEM affecting LGBQ students, could be a primary contributing factor. Using national, longitudinal data from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA, this study tested LGBQ-related college experiences to determine if they help explain the retention gap between LGBQ STEM students and their heterosexual peers. Through multilevel regression modeling, we found that LGBQ status is not a significant predictor of retention in STEM after controlling for LGBQ-related experiences. The results suggest that LGBQ-related and other politicized experiences predict lower retention in STEM for heterosexual students, meaning a culture of depoliticization in STEM may be detrimental to more students than those in minoritized social identity groups.en_US
dc.publisherInforma UK Limiteden_US
dc.subjectacademic persistenceen_US
dc.subjectSTEM educationen_US
dc.subjectsexual minority groupsen_US
dc.subjectcollege environmenten_US
dc.subjectstudrent researchen_US
dc.subjectwomen's studiesen_US
dc.subjectgay-straight alliancesen_US
dc.subjectcampus climateen_US
dc.titleDon’t Be Too Political: Depoliticization, Sexual Orientation, and Undergraduate STEM Major Persistenceen_US
mus.citation.journaltitleJournal of Homosexualityen_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Education, Health & Human Developmenten_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US

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