Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Health Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Heather Silander, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Dr. Shetron-Rama, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Dr. Colleen Croxall, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to look at how students with disabilities' sense of belonging can be affected by the support they receive in higher education. The study included a survey sent out via email to Eastern Michigan's DRC in the fall of 2022. The support students receive can be from faculty, staff or peers at the institution. A student's sense of belonging can affect many different aspects of their life and having people to support them can help them to feel more included and valued. This study also investigated the effects students felt Covid-19 had on their academic performance. Recent research articles about similar ideas were compared in this study.