College of Education Theses and Dissertations

Title

EXPLORING THE BELONGING EXPERIENCES OF A SUCCESSFUL AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE WHO ATTENDED A FOUR-YEAR HIGHER EDUCATION PREDOMINANTLY WHITE INSTITUTION.

Date of Award

Spring 6-2019

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

College of Education, Doctoral Program

First Advisor

Anthony Dosen

Second Advisor

Barbara Rieckhoff

Third Advisor

Andrea Kayne

Abstract

In this investigation, a case study illustrates how faculty, student, and staff behaviors in a predominantly white university (PWI) effected the perception of belonging and motivation of the African American female. The purpose of the research was to explore how a successful African American female experienced belonging at her predominantly white institution and explore why she succeeded.

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