Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Navigating colorism on campus: The experiences of Black, Black biracial, and Black multiracial women in college
by Gray, Brittany C. D., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 137; 10254708
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the ways in which Black, Black biracial, and Black multiracial women experienced and navigated colorism in college. This is an important topic to explore given that colorism, or skin tone bias, has been found to impact the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of people of color. One-on-one interviews were used to gather data from 10 participants. Four themes emerged from the data analysis: (a) White colorism; (b) Colorism is ingrained in Black culture; (c) Emotional and psychological responses to colorism; and (d) Education is key. These four themes represent the participants’ experiences with colorism and provide insight into the ways they navigated encounters with colorism. This study adds to the research on colorism in higher education and offers implications for practice and directions for research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davis, Shametrice L.
Commitee: Ortiz, Anna M., Sanders, Sabrina K.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Social psychology, Higher education
Keywords: Black women, College, Colorism, Skin tone bias
Publication Number: 10254708
ISBN: 978-1-369-56827-1
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