Do you see what I see? A qualitative study of the experiences of African-American women attending predominantly White universities

Michele Mitchell, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

African-American women are increasingly attending institutions of higher learning in general as well as gaining acceptance into predominantly White elite institutions. African-American students face a multitude of issues regarding adjustments and feeling out of place. The literature focusing on African-American women college experiences are based on information obtained by others to include but not limited to professors, student services staff and support staff. It is important to gain input directly from the experiences of this group of women, as they are not as prevalent as other groups in the literature. Their voices and insight have been somewhat absent in the discourse regarding their issues. In-depth interviews, focus groups and a survey were used to ask African-American women about their experiences. This qualitative phenomenological study draws on the experiences of African-American women attending a predominantly White elite university under the foundation of discourse surrounding race, class and gender (Hill-Collins, 2000). The purpose of this study was to give voice to their experiences, to better understand the experiences of this population and to use their voices to inform the field and assist universities with ways to better support them. The results of this study contribute by updating the existing research on this under recognized subgroup.

Subject Area

African American Studies|Womens studies|Higher education

Recommended Citation

Mitchell, Michele, "Do you see what I see? A qualitative study of the experiences of African-American women attending predominantly White universities" (2016). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI10240718.
https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI10240718

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