Date of Award

2022

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Higher Education

First Advisor

Christine A. Nelson

Second Advisor

Sarah S. Hurtado

Third Advisor

P. Bruce Uhrmacher

Fourth Advisor

Daniel Baack

Keywords

Asian American, Graduate education, Higher education, Organizational culture, Southeast Asian American, Whiteness

Abstract

The purpose of this transcendental phenomenological study is to understand the role that whiteness has in shaping the graduate education experiences of Southeast Asian American students in the United States. This study explores two research questions. 1) How do Southeast Asian American graduate students describe their graduate education? 2) How do Southeast Asian American graduate students describe concepts of whiteness, if any, throughout their graduate education? According to the experiences from six selfidentifying Southeast Asian American students, their graduate education experiences were described to be racially taxing, unchallenging, and isolating experiences. These findings stemmed from their graduate education experiences, which centered graduate learning spaces and curriculum, interpersonal interactions, and individualized processes related to their specific graduate program and education. With concepts of whiteness (e.g., censorship, model minority myth as either/or thinking, the right to comfort, and power hoarding) penetrating these four areas, implications include but are not limited to: culturally conscious organizational practices to promote inclusion; culturally conscious trainings for faculty and staff; an expansion in research pertaining to Southeast Asian American graduate education experiences and the interrogation of whiteness within organizations.

Publication Statement

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Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Lesley Nina Sisaket

File size

189 pgs

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Asian American studies, Asian studies, Higher education

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