Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pushing Through despite the Bullshit: Black Women Graduate Students in Higher Education at Historically White Institutions
by Willis, JaQuea Michelle, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 113; 13862212
Abstract (Summary)

As more Black women attend graduate school, it is important to understand how they maintain their core values in the midst of today’s climate. The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore the experiences of Black women during their graduate studies, and examine how they cope, resist, and deal with racial microaggressions at Historically White Institutions (HWI). A counter-narrative qualitative method was used in an attempt to answer research questions about their personal experiences with racial microaggressions and what coping measures and techniques they utilize when they are directly exposed to it. By utilizing nine in-depth interviews with Black women graduate students, I found that Black women at HWIs are experiencing racial microaggressions in various spaces on campus. The findings reported that having supportive mentors and networks was necessary and an important factor for success for these women. Outcomes from the data revealed that their academic experience played a large part in helping them to find their motivation and strategies for success, as well as helping them to identify barriers to overcome. Additionally, each participant revealed how their personal exposures have permitted them to define their form of resistance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ortiz, Anna
Commitee: Locks, Angela M., Rojas, Leticia
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher education, Adult education, African American Studies
Keywords: Black, Faculty, Graduate Student, Historically White Institutions, Racial Microaggressions, Racism
Publication Number: 13862212
ISBN: 9781085576406
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