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We hear that Black women are considered to be amongst the most educated individuals in society and are pursuing higher education at an increasingly high rate. Although, there is minimal information of their experiences. In this study, I explore the experiences of first-generation Black women who have pursued and are currently enrolled in a Master’s program. In particular this study addresses how first-generation Black Women navigate their Master’s programs and the challenges or stressors those students faced. Data for this study emerges from interviews with first-generation Black women who completed or are enrolled in a Master’s program. It is important to note that the majority of these first-generation Black women participants are enrolled in a predominantly White campus. So many of the participants are the only Black or person of color within their program, and may feel reluctant to present as their authentic selves. Also, since the participants are the first to receive both of their bachelor’s and Master’s degree family and financial support is not as prevalent as fellow students on the pursuit. For future research, it would be beneficial for higher education institutions to build better systems of financial and personal support for Black women
Graham F. Hunter
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, School of Education and Health Sciences, student affairs
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
"The Graduate School Navigation: The Experiences of First-Generation Black Women in Master’s Program" (2022). Stander Symposium Projects. 2693.