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Graduate women of color: Exploring experiences, decision making and effects of mentorship
by Zavala, Ana B., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 134; 1527352
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study focused on exploring the experiences and decision making process of thirteen Latina and/or African American graduate women in master's programs at a large, public university in California. The purpose was to gain a better understanding of the considerations that graduate women of color have in terms of continuing on to doctoral programs. The effects of mentorship were also explored within the lived experience of the participants. Findings that emerged as important through the stories shared included the importance of family, the significance of going beyond a bachelor's degree, challenges faced in terms of gender and race, as well as the ways which graduate women of color have thrived within higher education institutions. Collecting these stories provided insight into some of the challenges, as well as the strengths that this population possesses. Continuing to gain understanding of graduate women of color allows faculty, staff, and student affairs professionals' better support graduate women of color at their institutions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Locks, Angela
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Educational leadership, Gender studies, Higher education
Keywords: Gender, Graduate education, Race, Women of color, Work-role conflict
Publication Number: 1527352
ISBN: 978-1-303-76627-5
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