Triple Jeopardy: A Qualitative Investigation of the Experiences of Nontraditional African-American Female Students in One Hispanic-Serving Institution

Fred A. Bonner, Aretha F. Marbley, Marcheta P. Evans, Petra Robinson

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The purpose of this article is to provide key insights on the experiences of the nontraditional African-American female undergraduate student. A grounded theory design used in-depth interviews with 10 nontraditional African-American female undergraduate students attending a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in the Southwest. Findings suggest that academe must address the unique academic and social integration issues these students present from vantage points recognizing their African-American, female, and nontraditional identities. The authors conclude with recommendations to institutions of higher education for enhancing the matriculation experiences of this cohort.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-51
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of African American Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015



  • Hispanic Serving Institutions
  • Non-traditional African-American female students

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