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ERIC Number: EJ1095730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-3077
Black African Immigrant College Students' Perceptions of Belonging at a Predominately White Institution
Stebleton, Michael J.; Aleixo, Marina B.
Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, v28 n1 p89-107 2016
A growing number of college-age Blacks in the United States are Black African immigrants. Using a constructivist grounded theory approach, the researchers interviewed 12 undergraduate Black African immigrant college students attending a predominately White institution (PWI) about their experiences and perceptions of belonging. Findings suggest their of belonging sense shaped by interactions with the contextual factors of their environment (i.e., interactions with faculty members, institutional agents, and peers on campus). Physical and symbolic spaces on campus also impacted students' overall experiences of belonging and transition to college. Implications for practice include creating spaces to foster community and engagement.
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. University of South Carolina, 1728 College Street, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-6229; Fax: 803-777-4699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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