1st Student's Major

Ethnic Studies

1st Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students' Professional Biography

Amber Elzen will graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2005 with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Ethnic Studies and Spanish. Her research interests include the various political attitudes of ethnicities and races, the discrimination of Hispanics and Latinos by California’s government policies and immigration agencies. Mai Inoue completed an Associate Degree at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in both Ethnic Studies and Scandinavian Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is currently enrolling at a graduate school in Sweden to study more about international relations and political issues. Her studies focus on the international community, human services and social issues world-wide. Julianna Koomen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2004. Her research interests include local Hispanic and Latino outreach groups that support the minority population in the surrounding area and the varying attitudes of International students and those of the United States when questioned about gays, lesbians, bisexuals and Tran gendered lifestyles (GLBT).

Mentor's Name

Yueh-Ting Lee

Mentor's Department

Ethnic Studies

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences


This project analyzes the attitudes towards political statements according to a person’s ethnic and racial groups. The statements relate to the Bush administration and some of its policies. The different responses are categorized by age, gender and location as well. It is hypothesized that Caucasians would have a more positive outlook on the administration and its policies while racial and ethnic minorities would have a less positive response to the questions. Overall, a total of 219 participants were surveyed from Minnesota State University, Mankato and from communities of southeastern Minnesota through questions asking them to indicate their political attitudes. When analyzed, a significant difference between the majority and the minority was shown in three-fifths of the questions asked. This data supports the hypothesis that the racial/ethnic majority (Caucasians) would more strongly support the Bush administration and its policies when compared to racial and ethnic minorities.

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