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The study delves into the influence of an on-campus, student-led Cultural Association on the experiences of minority students within a predominantly White institution (PWI). This research employed qualitative methods. It primarily utilized in-depth, semi-structured interviews to gather data from five international students attending a comprehensive public research university on the West Coast of Canada. The findings revealed that the Cultural Association significantly contributed to the social and academic integration of the participants within their new institutional and social milieu. By cultivating a sense of belonging, the Association aided the participants in overcoming initial hurdles, such as isolation and acknowledging their status as minorities in the PWI setting. The Association and its members played a crucial role in providing spaces for cultural affirmation, championing diversity, facilitating social inclusion, and nurturing a sense of belonging.


Sense of Belonging Educational Values Cultural Association

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Minjeong Sung, University of Victoria, Canada

MINJEONG SUNG, M.A., is a team member at the International Services for Students at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. As a former international student Minjeong is committed to supporting international students and fostering inclusive campus environment. Her research interests include international student experience, sense of belonging, and ethical internationalization. Email:

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Sung, M., & Gounko, T. (2023). Fostering the Sense of Belonging: Cultivating Educational Values through a Cultural Association. International Journal of Asian Education, 4(4), 235–246.


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