Event Title

Black Male Persistence Through Stereotypes in College

Location

Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

Start Date

18-4-2017 3:30 PM

Description

PURPOSE: Stereotypes create threatening environments for Black males on campus causing social, psychological, and academic effects of Black male collegiate success. This study sought to break the deficit narrative surrounding Black males in college. In doing so, this study highlighted how Black males persist through stereotypes and the threatening environments they create in both academic and social settings in college. SUBJECTS: Six (6) participants were included in this study. Criteria for participation include the following self-identifications, 1) Black/African American, 2) male, 3) have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and 4) have been enrolled at the institution for at least one academic year. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Participants conducted initial one-on-one interviews with the primary researcher answering questions regarding current and past experiences with stereotypes. Participants were then observed in an academic or social setting utilizing naturalistic observation techniques. Immediately following the observation, participants conducted a second follow-up or “anchored interview.” ANALYSIS: Line-by-line analysis of transcriptions was conducted. Thematic synthesis produced codes, concepts, and themes from the transcribed data. RESULTS: Four overarching themes were produced from the analysis of the data: 1) Internalization, 2) Stereotypes, 3) Persistence, and 4) Advice. CONCLUSIONS: Through their counter storytelling narrative, participants were able to articulate their experiences with stereotypes, bring to light how they dealt with these experiences, how these experiences shaped future endeavors, and how they used various strategies to dispel stereotypes and persist through these threatening experiences.

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Apr 18th, 3:30 PM

Black Male Persistence Through Stereotypes in College

Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

PURPOSE: Stereotypes create threatening environments for Black males on campus causing social, psychological, and academic effects of Black male collegiate success. This study sought to break the deficit narrative surrounding Black males in college. In doing so, this study highlighted how Black males persist through stereotypes and the threatening environments they create in both academic and social settings in college. SUBJECTS: Six (6) participants were included in this study. Criteria for participation include the following self-identifications, 1) Black/African American, 2) male, 3) have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and 4) have been enrolled at the institution for at least one academic year. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Participants conducted initial one-on-one interviews with the primary researcher answering questions regarding current and past experiences with stereotypes. Participants were then observed in an academic or social setting utilizing naturalistic observation techniques. Immediately following the observation, participants conducted a second follow-up or “anchored interview.” ANALYSIS: Line-by-line analysis of transcriptions was conducted. Thematic synthesis produced codes, concepts, and themes from the transcribed data. RESULTS: Four overarching themes were produced from the analysis of the data: 1) Internalization, 2) Stereotypes, 3) Persistence, and 4) Advice. CONCLUSIONS: Through their counter storytelling narrative, participants were able to articulate their experiences with stereotypes, bring to light how they dealt with these experiences, how these experiences shaped future endeavors, and how they used various strategies to dispel stereotypes and persist through these threatening experiences.