"What am I doing to be a good ancestor?": an indigenized phenomenology of giving back among Native college graduates

dc.contributor.advisorRendón, Laura I.
dc.contributor.authorReyes, Nicole Alia
dc.contributor.committeeMemberNora, Amaury
dc.contributor.committeeMemberNunez, Anne-Marie
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDeLeon, Abraham
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dc.description.abstractAlthough literature consistently notes giving back as a motivating factor and goal of Native college students (Brayboy, 2004; Drywater-Whitekiller, 2010; Guillory & Wolverton, 2008), no study describes giving back in detail. With this in mind, this research examines the essence of giving back as it is experienced by Native (Native Hawaiian, Native American, and Alaska Native) college graduates. It explores how Native college graduates come to value giving back, how they enact giving back, and how they make meaning of giving back. Guided by phenomenological (Husserl, 1970; Moustakas, 1994; van Manen, 1990) and Indigenous (Chilisa, 2012; Kovach, 2009; L. T. Smith, 1999; Wilson, 2008) research methodologies, I uncovered a meaning structure of giving back through analysis of interview data. It describes that giving back informs worldview; takes place at the intersection of passion, expertise, and opportunity; is experienced simultaneously as a privilege, a responsibility, a gift, and a burden; involves building and nurturing relationships; is mediated through considerations of place; and ensures community survivance. From the perspective of Tribal Critical Race Theory (TribalCrit) (Brayboy, 2005a), Kanaka Maoli Critical Race Theory (KanakaCrit) (Salis Reyes, 2014c), and Indigenous critical pedagogy (Grande, 2008; Salis Reyes, 2014a; L. T. Smith, 1999), Native college graduates who choose to give back effectively forge bridges between education and Native self-determination. This study highlights what Native college graduates choose to invest in their nations, how, and for what purposes. This knowledge may be used to reconceptualize and to work toward greater postsecondary success for Native peoples.
dc.description.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studies
dc.format.extent301 pages
dc.subjectCritical Race Theory
dc.subjectGiving Back
dc.subjectHigher Education
dc.subjectIndigenous Peoples
dc.subjectIndigenous research methodologies
dc.subject.classificationHigher education
dc.subject.lcshIndigenous peoples -- Education (Higher) -- United States
dc.subject.lcshIndigenous peoples -- United States -- Ethnic identity
dc.subject.lcshIndigenous peoples -- United States -- Conduct of life
dc.subject.lcshIndigenous peoples -- United States -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcshCommunity development -- United States
dc.subject.lcshCommunity life -- United States
dc.title"What am I doing to be a good ancestor?": an indigenized phenomenology of giving back among Native college graduates
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studies
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Education


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