Date of Award

Spring 6-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


College of Education, Doctoral Program

First Advisor

Horace Hall


Currently, urban education is filled with great disparities related to issues of equity and access to a quality education for African American and Mexican American male students in secondary education settings. These groups are plagued with negative stereotypical images and subjected to the belief that they are inherently inferior to White students and incapable of academic and social success. Their social capital, which stems from their racial diversity, is not celebrated on any level in any educational space. Research for this study will show how the Wakanda College Retention program (WCR) has successfully addressed this disparity by employing the use of Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a theoretical framework in its dissemination of services offered to its African American and Mexican American male student body. The goal of WCR is to ensure not only that its male student body is academically prepared for college but also that throughout their tenure in the program, students develop a keen awareness and appreciation for their respective communities. The goal of this research is to supply counter-narratives that challenge the linear perspectives held by Whitedominant culture of African American and Mexican American male students that disempower who they are.