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Title Voices from the margin: the experiences of black women administrators in STEM at predominantly White institutions
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Degree PhD
Discipline/Department Counseling and Student Personnel Services
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher University of Georgia
Abstract This study is a phenomenological inquiry of the experiences of Black women administrators who provide recruitment and retention programs for students of color in STEM at predominantly White institutions (PWIs). Using a Black feminist theoretical framework, the researcher conducted semi structured interviews and collected photo elicitation from 10 Black women administrators in STEM at predominantly white institutions from across the country. The researcher sought to determine how these women were marginalized based on their positions as administrators, their locations in PWI and STEM department settings, and their identities as Black women. The core tenets of BFT that were applied are: how they manage their outsider within status in academia that rejects their intellectual contributions; how they deal with the interlocking systems of oppression that they experience based on their intersecting identities; and empowering them to reject negative stereotypes about Black women by providing a self-valuation and self-definition of the importance of their professional roles while “talking back” to the dominant discourse in academia (Collins, 1986; hooks, 1984). The findings of this study were that the Black women administrators in STEM felt like “this is part of who I am as a person” in reference to managing their intersecting identities in addition to being Black women; felt like everyday life “is just always a struggle” as they navigated those identities in multiple environments, including STEM departments, PWIs, and the nation; they sought credibility and respect “for the value they brought to the table”; and needed “a place where they can be themselves” by creating sisterhoods with other Black women in similar roles and identifying White and male allies. The researcher sought to add to the body of knowledge regarding the experiences of Black women at PWIs in general, and Black women administrators in STEM programs specifically, as well as provide recommendations for the counseling and student affairs profession, predominantly White institutions, and federal funding agencies.
Subjects/Keywords Black women administrators
Contributors Natoya Haskins
Language en
Rights public
Country of Publication us
Record ID oai:ugakr.libs.uga.edu:10724/36187
Repository uga
Date Indexed 2016-12-30
Note [degree] PhD; [department] Counseling and Human Development Services; [major] Counseling and Student Personnel Services; [advisor] Natoya Haskins; [committee] Natoya Haskins;

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