ERIC Number: EJ1190987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The Sistah Network: Enhancing the Educational and Social Experiences of Black Women in the Academy
Allen, Evette L.; Joseph, Nicole M.
NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, v11 n2 p151-170 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate the experiences of women in the Sistah Network, an affinity group at a predominantly White institution, with mentoring goals to enhance the educational and social experiences of Black women in master's and doctoral programs and their mentors. The authors interviewed 18 women (faculty, staff, and students), conducted observations at Sistah Network meetings, and analyzed exit ticket data to get insight on how the program influenced the academic and social experiences of the women. Critical race theory and Black Feminist Thought were used as theoretical frameworks to interpret the findings. Findings suggest four main themes: (a) the Sistah Network advances identity and empowerment, (b) the Sistah Network contributes to social advantages, (c) the Sistah Network affords emotional benefits, and (d) the Sistah Network promotes academic success. Findings suggest that efforts can be made to implement and sustain variations of mentoring programs for this population of women and other marginalized groups.
Descriptors: African Americans, Women Faculty, School Personnel, Graduate Students, Blacks, Social Experience, Educational Experience, Institutional Characteristics, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Groups, Critical Theory, Race, Feminism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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