Authentically me: Examining expectations of Black women in college

Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Bridget Turner Kelly, Courtney L Luedke, Tangela Blakely Reavis

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Through analyzing critical life stories with Black alumnae from predominantly White institutions, this article offers a narrative, in-depth approach to explore the ways in which alumnae managed and resisted expectations and stereotypes that were placed upon them by peers, faculty, and staff during college. Findings suggested that participants grappled with assumptions of who they should be as Black college women. As they resisted stereotypes and expectations, they crafted unique pathways toward asserting their authentic selves. The findings emphasize heterogeneity among Black women and the need for varied support structures in educational institutions.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalAmerican Education Research Journal
StatePublished - Sep 21 2018


  • Education
  • Leadership Studies

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