Through Their Eyes: A Grounded Theory Study of Resilience for Black Women in Counselor Education




Robinson, Jarryn Janae'

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Although there is an increase in Black female faculty representation in academia, there are many unique environmental circumstances that impact their retention. A vast majority of research on underrepresented minority female faculty explores their experiences of sexism and racism, while forgoing the opportunity to examine identity intersections as they promote resiliency. Black female faculty in academia continue to struggle maintaining full time faculty positions and attaining administrative positions within this social structure. Identifying factors that support longevity may positively impact the matriculation of Black women Ph.D.'s into higher education. Therefore, the purpose of this study will be to explore the experiences of Black female counselor educators and develop a theory of resilience. Constructivist Grounded Theory will be utilized to develop a model of resiliency for Black women in academia that is substantiated by their experiences. 18 Black female faculty members across the United States within Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) is the target population. Implications for faculty diversification in higher education, systemic re-evaluation of higher education, as well as, the potential impact on the experiences of Black female graduate students and the field of CES will be explored. Additionally, limitations and further research will be articulated.


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Black women, counselor education and supervision, higher education, intersectionality, resilience