Black Female Undergraduates on Campus: Successes and Challenges

Black Female Undergraduates on Campus: Successes and Challenges


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Black Female Undergraduates on Campus: Successes and Challenges by Crystal Renee Chambers

Since 1976, increased attention has been paid to the diminishing numbers of Black males in higher education, and rightly so: the total numerical enrollments of Black female undergraduates has outstripped their male counterparts by a factor of nearly 2 to 1. Since intervention, however, the enrollment growth rate among Black males (60 per cent) exceeded that of Black females (40 per cent) (NCES, 2008). Needless to say, this good news was welcomed by many. However, as Cole & Guy-Sheftall (2003) have pointed out, it may be misguided to assume that improving the status of black men will single-handedly solve all the complex problems facing African American communities. Are we indirectly neglecting Black females? And what of their future? The purpose of "Black Female Undergraduates on Campus" is to identify both successes and challenges faced by Black female students accessing and matriculating through institutions of higher education. In illuminating the interactive complexities between persons and place, this volume is aimed toward garnering an understanding of the educational trajectories and experiences of Black females, independent of and in comparison to their peers. Special attention is paid to women pursuing careers in the high demand fields of teacher education and STEM.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780525020
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publication date: 01/05/2012
Series: Diversity in Higher Education , #12
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

Preface ix

You Go Girl!: Trends in Educational Attainment of Black Women Sacha D. Blalock Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe 1

Analyzing the Female Advantage in College Access Among African Americans Su Jin Jez 43

Gender Differences in Self-Actualization Allan Okech Crystal Renée Chambers 59

Black Women's Experiences with Racial Microaggressions in College: Making Meaning at the Crossroads of Race and Gender Joanna Lee Williams Tanya M. Nichols 75

A Way of Making It: Black Reentry Females Success and Challenges to Undergraduate Education Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz 97

The Culture of Competition: Identifying the Unique Experiences of Domestic and International Black Student-Athletes Noel Harmon Khalilah Doss Saran Donahoo 113

Sending an Sos: How Social Support Networks Contribute to the Success of Black Lesbians at Predominantly White Institutions Chutney Walton Guyton Ferlin McGaskey 135

Special Focus on Stem Fields

African American High-Achieving Girls: Stem Careers as Options Wanda B. Coneal 161

Differential Gender Outcomes of Career Exploration Sessions for African American Undergraduates: An Examination of a Computing Science Outreach Effort at Predominantly White Institutions Jerlando F. L. Jackson LaVar J. Charleston 185

Prepared and Progressing: Black Women in Physics Sharon Fries-Britt Kimberly M. Holmes 199

Hoping for the Unexpected: African American Women as Stem Educators Wynetta Y. Lee Janet A. Guy den P. Gayle Harris Watkins 219

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