|Abstract or Summary
- Purpose: Increasing enrollment numbers of multicultural students, and growing research between the relationship between student engagement and student success and retention heighten the importance of addressing student engagement in campus recreation. This study was conducted to explore the facilitators and barriers to underserved students participating in physical activity through campus recreation. Method: Twenty-two students who identified as American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, or Hispanic/Latina/o from Oregon State University were recruited to participate in one of three focus group discussions. Each focus group lasted between 45 and 60 minutes. The interviews were transcribed, coded, and analyzed for common themes. Results: Facilitators included social dynamics of campus recreation facilities, health maintenance, personal growth, maintaining a cultural connection, facility and services, and accountability. Barriers included organizational barriers, lack of time, gender barriers, and cultural barriers.
Conclusions: Understanding the barriers and facilitators to ethnic minority students’ engaging in campus recreation is an important step in the process of increasing engagement across the realm of student affairs. Recreational facilities can create more inclusive environments by ensuring equitable use of shared spaces, facilitating women’s weight training, providing resources to online students, creating more structured programming, requiring cultural competence training for all staff, and designating spaces for cultural recreational activities.