Exploring Experiences of Graduate Students and Alumni of Color
Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Terri M. Davis, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Jessica D. Bartley, Psy.D.
Third Committee Member
Frank Tuitt, Ed.D.
Diversity, Multiculturalism, Higher education, Psychology, Student life, Race, Students of color, Social justice, Interpretative phenomenological analysis
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The current study aimed to explore the unique lived experiences of Students and Alumni of Color in a predominantly white graduate level psychology program. The study was modeled after research conducted by Dr. Wahiwe McDougal, an alumnus from the researcher’s institution. Fifteen Students and eight Alumni of Color participated in either a focus group or individual interviews. Participants who were unable to complete a focus group or interview responded to an online prompt completing an expressive writing task. The researcher used Phenomenology, which aims to describe common meanings of a shared lived experience. Phenomenological methodology requires analysis of the data. The analysis produced four domains, hypervigilance, eurocentrism, representation, and faculty values. The domains centered on experiences of frustration and isolation. Based on the results, the researcher provided recommendations for graduate level psychology program administrators and faculty to improve their recruitment and retention of Students of Color.
Slay, Bre-Ann S., "Exploring Experiences of Graduate Students and Alumni of Color" (2020). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 372.
Empirical - Qualitative