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DESCRIPTION OF THE RESEARCH: You are invited to participate in a research study exploring the attitudes, behaviors, and feelings regarding race in the United States. You will be asked to answer questions regarding your attitudes and thoughts regarding your racial group in an online survey or in person survey at a public location.

RISKS AND BENEFITS: The risks for participating in this research study are expected to be minimal such that they are not above and beyond what is encountered in everyday life. If you encounter discomfort in answering any of the questions in this study, please feel free not to answer them. You will not be penalized in any way if you do not answer certain questions or if you choose to no longer participate in this study. If any of the questions in the survey causes discomfort, I encourage you to discuss these feelings with a counselor. If you do not have access to a counselor, please contact the principal investigator who will refer you to one. Although there are no direct benefits to you, it is my hope that results will provide researchers and scholars alike the tools to think of ways to address the oppressive structures in United States society.

PAYMENTS: There will be no payment for your participation.

DATA STORAGE TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY: All personal identifying information will be kept private and confidential. Your names and contact information will not be collected and therefore the study will be anonymous. Each survey will be numerically coded to further ensure anonymity and codes will not be published or shared with anyone besides the principal investigator. The paper and pencil surveys will be locked under key in a file cabinet accessed only by the principal investigator. The online data will be temporarily stored on and once all the data is collected; the numerically coded information will be downloaded to a password-protected computer solely by the principal investigator. Similarly, the paper and pencil survey data will be transferred onto the password-protected computer without collection of any name or contact information. During the time that data is not being analyzed it will be stored in a locked file cabinet. The data will be destroyed after five years.

TIME INVOLVEMENT: Your participation will take approximately 30-45 minutes.

HOW WILL RESULTS BE USED: The results of the study will be used to inform my dissertation in understanding the dimensions of individual’s self-perceptions of their racial group. It is possible that the results may be utilized for future educational publications and/or conferences/presentations. Confidentiality will be ensured at all times.