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ERIC Number: ED550313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 146
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-0421-1
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Exploring Academic Culture: Experiences of Mexican American Women in Counseling Psychology
Sanchez Lira, Diana
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
This study sought to address the American Psychological Association's goals of providing a multiculturally safe and nurturing environment for ethnic minorities in psychology (CEMRRAT2, 2007). The current research sought to understand how safe, valued, and nurtured Mexican American women in doctoral counseling psychology programs felt. These women were chosen because of their unique position in graduate education as gender and ethnic minorities. The experiences of four Mexican American women were explored through semi-structured interviews. Research was collected and analyzed using qualitative methods. Critical Race Theory (CRT) was used as a philosophical base for this study because of it's focus on the importance of offering a voice to those who have experienced oppression, been ignored, and disempowered within larger systems (Solorzano & Yosso, 2002). Significant findings indicate that participants reported the following as important factors in creating safe, empowering environments: "cultural congruity" (Gloria & Robinson Kurpius, 1996), environments that are multiculturally diverse and inclusive, a focus on mentorship, and a generally supportive and collaborative environment. Findings of the research indicate that participants feel academia could do more to help them feel safe, valued, and nurtured. Recommendations for creating a safer academic environment, based on the experiences of the Mexican American women interviewed, conclude the study. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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