chapter  9
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Insights Into the Lives of Rural Minority Male College Students With HIV

For the last six years, I have been engaged in a national study of ethnic minority gay male collegians, paying close attention to their academic and social challenges, economic barriers, and often-overlooked stories of success. This multiyear study began as a proverbial “next step” after a long brainstorming session with two of my doctoral advisees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (my previous institution) about my budding research program on vulnerable populations in higher education. Convinced of the topic’s importance and persuaded that we could study these participants in ways that affi rmed their humanity, dignity, and respect, I launched the fi rst of several smaller projects that would later become part of my larger, sustained research program.