Abstract

Abstract:

Because both race and gender are important to the development of African American women, student affairs professionals need to understand the unique experiences of African American women within the context of the college environment. In this phenomenological study, we examined African American women’s lived experiences as college students at a predominantly White institution with a purpose of exploring what meaning African American women ascribe to those experiences. Findings describe the experiences of these women, including themes of multiple worlds, belonging, expectations, awareness of their surroundings, and coping. We suggest implications for college administrators, student affairs professionals, and faculty, as well as offer ideas for future research.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-3382
Print ISSN
0897-5264
Pages
pp. 652-666
Launched on MUSE
2016-09-07
Open Access
No
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