Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey

Second Advisor

Dr. Sarah Allen-Gershon

Third Advisor

Dr. Charles Hankla


Multiple studies concluded that the 2016 presidential election was psychologically traumatic for young people and people of color. I conducted an online survey on 272 Georgia State University college students to measure their experience with racial microaggressions, hyper vigilance and how their social and familial relationships, academic performance, school and workplace environment, and physical and mental health have been impacted by the Trump presidency. The statistical data and qualitative findings indicate that college students have been negatively affected from the Trump presidency. College students of color also experienced an increased amount of racial microaggressions during Trump’s presidency. These results solidify and strengthen the argument from previous literature acknowledging college students’, especially students of color, negative experience under the Trump presidency.

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