Black woman students at PWIs: Narratives of identity politics, well-being and leadership mobility

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Abstract

This narrative inquiry study uses personal experiences as a method of ethnographic research among Black woman student leaders. The collegiate life stories of six African American woman undergraduates experiencing gendernoir racial battle fatigue are described and analyzed. Combined are participant journaling, lived experiential interviews, and organizational observations within various organizational situations. Participant’s narratives are presented to understand the process of enacting leadership within varied organizational context while experiencing racial and gender-racialized aggressions. A three-dimensional narrative inquiry is utilized to restory field texts. In this instance, narrative inquiry is applied to demonstrate how participants respond to the affects of cumulative racial stressors in ways that positively influence their practice of leadership. Emergent themes were as follows: 1) Buffered leadership; and 2) Holistic leadership. Participants spoke of avoiding gender-rac
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-155
JournalNASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education
StatePublished - Jul 8 2017

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