Duality of Self

Date of Award


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations


Department of Educational Administration


Corinne Brion


Within the context of white-dominant workplaces, research shows that Black women experience various levels of visibility ranging from invisibility to hypervisibility. These variances often cause them to result in utilizing them as tactics to negotiate their identities to fit the organization's needs. This research explores this negotiation and the costs, benefits, and sacrifices that occur when Black women participate in identity negotiation. By analyzing their lived experiences through the use of critical participatory action research along with a critical phenomenology approach, this research frames the intersection between visibility, whiteness, and the impacts of experiencing a culture that promotes the need for Black women to give up pieces of themselves at the expense of their agency and authenticity.


Women’s Studies, Organization Theory, African American Studies, African Americans, Black women, Identity Negotiation, Code-Switching, Visibility, Sacrifice, Cultural Contracts Theory, Black Feminist Thought, Conditions of Visibility, Critical Participatory Action Research, Authenticity

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