Survey: Mixed Experience in the U.S.

My name is Alexandria Cox, and I am a Barnard College political science major. I am writing my senior thesis about the experiences of mixed-race individuals in the United States. If you are of mixed race, I would appreciate it if you would respond to the following survey, which should only take about 10 minutes of your time. Please e-mail your responses to

This research is being used for academic purposes only, and you will not be identified by name. All responses will be kept strictly confidential.

Please fill out the survey in as much detail as possible. Again, this
is an anonymous survey, so feel free to be very truthful about your experience as a mixed-race individual in the United States.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at the above e-mail address. All responses must be received by March 31, 2005, to be included in the results.

Thank you for your participation. Again, please e-mail your responses to before March 31, 2005. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would respond.

Personal Identification
1) What is your nationality/race/ethnicity and/or background? Please describe in detail.

2) Do you identify as a mixed-race individual?

If yes, why? If no, why not?

If yes, how do you express this identification — i.e., organizational participation, personal identification, etc.?

3)Do you identify with certain parts of your heritage more than others? If so, which parts and why?

4)Do you relate to other multiracial people more than non mixed-race people on the basis of being mixed?

5)Do you feel part of a mixed-race community?

6) How often are you asked about your racial heritage, i.e., "What are

7) Have you ever participated in a mixed-race advocacy group?

If yes, on what level, i.e., national, local/community, college, etc.?

8) Are you involved with a racial/ethnic group that is focused on one race/ethnicity, i.e., Chinese Students Club, Black Students Organization, La Raza, etc.?

If yes, you feel adequately represented in these groups? Please explain.

9) What, if any, similarities do you see in the issues faced by mixed-race individuals and other racial groups, i.e., job discrimination or
affirmative action?

Choice on the Census
10) How do you think the option to choose more than one race on the Census affects you?

11) How important is it for you to be able to identify as more than one race?

12) If you were required to identify or be classified as a member of one racial group, could you do so? Why or why not?

13) Under what circumstances would you be willing to be classified as one race?

14) If you could benefit from doing so, would you choose the option of
being classified as one race?

15) Have you ever marked off a single race for some benefit?

16) Should mixed-race individuals be classified within their respective racial groups, or should the government create a separate "multiracial category"?

17) Which of the following statements best represents your views about race being used as a determining factor in programs such as college admissions, jobs, the distribution of government resources, and the like? (all of the time, some of the time, or not at all)

Thank you so much for your time!!

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