Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Phoenix First Must Burn; How Black Women in Higher Education Administration Implement the Reactionary Principle of Professionally Clapping Back: A Cognitive Process to Manage Workplace Microaggressions
by Lightsey, Dominique Kendra, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2020, 180; 28088653
Abstract (Summary)

This study addresses the problem of Black women in higher ed administration at historically White institutions being subjected to racism and sexism in the workplace. Narrating their interactions with their microaggressive White colleagues, Black women explain their reactionary principle for clapping back and the impact it can have on their mental health, self-efficacy and pursuit of leadership positions. Research posits that ‘isolation, loneliness and lack of trust compound the effects of racism and sexism in academia’ and result in significant barriers to the Black woman's full participation in senior leadership (Cook, 2012). This problem is important to address because while students of color are seeking higher education at higher rates than ever before, the leadership on college campuses in the United States remains stagnant and homogeneously White. We know this is a problem because, in 2016, women of color represented just 5 percent of U.S. college and university presidents in comparison to men of color who represent 12 percent (Gagliardi et al. 2017). Black women in administration with terminal degrees were also less likely to report that they were a senior-level administrator in comparison to their Black male, White female and White male counterparts with the same degree level. This research study seeks to determine how Black women working in higher education experience and manage workplace microaggressions through transformational resistance strategies for survival in the field. Through interviews with fifteen Black women, a mutually transparent conversation emerges between the participants and the researcher that captures the damage of these experiences in their truest and most unfiltered forms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hinga, Briana
Commitee: Davis, Sharde', Grant, Derisa
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education(Leadership)
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Womens studies, Higher education, Black studies, Educational sociology
Keywords: Black Women in Administration, Clapback, Historically White Institutions, Microaggression, Oppression
Publication Number: 28088653
ISBN: 9798664739121
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