Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Larry H. Ebbers

Abstract

At the turn of the 20th century, W.E.B. DuBois theorized that African Americans, then referred to as Negroes, are forced to live a life of "double-consciousness" for survival. He asserts that navigating the thin line between the cultural expectations of White mainstream America, and being one's authentic self, creates immeasurable stress and contempt. This ethnomethodological inquiry of racial and cultural dynamics of the community college seeks to understand the intentional strategies of seven African American community college presidents and chancellors, as they balance their authentic selves and the cultural mainstream of the community and the college. This study leads to a conscious integration of ideas and strategies that may supplement or even counter traditional ideologies, thereby reconstructing an institutional culture that encourages the growth of a truly diverse population of administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

Copyright Owner

Albert Devon Farr

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-28

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

206 pages

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