Black female voices: Self-presentation strategies in doctoral programs at predominately White institutions
Drawing on a larger study, this qualitative investigation uses Black feminist thought as the interpretive lens to investigate perceptions and experiences of African American female doctoral students at predominately White institutions (PWIs). Semistructured interviews were used to gain an understanding of their experiences and how these experiences influence academic persistence and overall well-being. A total of 15 participants were interviewed, and responses were analyzed for emerging themes. From the interview data, 5 themes emerged: (a) academic mask, (b) private self, (c) other selves, (d) protection of self, and (e) disadvantages of the academic mask. A summary of the findings and implications is presented.
Shavers, Marjorie C., and James L. Moore III. "Black female voices: Self-presentation strategies in doctoral programs at predominately White institutions." Journal of College Student Development 55, no. 4 (2014): 391-407.
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