Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Multiple Marginalized Intersectional Black Lesbian Leader: A Critical Feminist Autoethnographic Narrative
by Oden, Desiree Marie, Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2020, 374; 27741683
Abstract (Summary)

This research is intended to inform readers about the impact of lacking professional role models from a multiple marginalized intersectionally identified person’s point of view. The researcher used a critical feminist autoethnographic narrative to document the firsthand experiences of one participant who was self-led and self-identified as a Black/Afro-Ascendant Lesbian woman who role models resilience. The conceptual framework for my research was a combination of Black feminist thought (BFT) and episodic change (EC), which helped to narrate practices of self-leadership based on the lack of professional role models and mentorship. The researcher both described and interpreted the challenges of being a self-led Black Lesbian grounded in Black feminist thought approaches (BFTA) with the use of dramatic shifts to create organizational, group, and individual change. Results included the key findings of seven emergent themes that included: self-expression, Black feminist thought expressions (BFTE), self-reflection, resilient role-modeling, resilient experiences, multiple marginalized intersectional characteristics (MMIC), and feelings of marginalization. Research significance revealed new coping strategies and role modeling behaviors that empowered on an internal level, and taught ways of learning, belonging, and impacting for professional success and sense-making. Newly generated understandings of this undocumented human condition led to recommendations of locating more participants that self-identify as multiple marginalized intersectional identified person(s) (MMIIP), examining rituals practiced, identifying the influences of professional identity, investigating role modeling resiliency approaches, and the use of autoethnography for representation and multivoiced perspectives. The implications of this research involved understanding and recognizing strengths and areas of improvement, seeking out and associating with leaders that resonated with core values, organizational collective leadership best practices, and role modeling approaches for the larger population of inward looking leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Benesh, Julie
Commitee: Morris, Jr, Lonnie R, Quisenberry, William L
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Black studies, LGBTQ studies, Womens studies
Keywords: Black feminist thought, Black lesbian leadership, Resilience, Role-modeling, Self-leadership, Wholistic approach
Publication Number: 27741683
ISBN: 9798643187912
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