Exploring Messages African American Men Receive About Attending a Predominantly White University

Jorg Vianden, John A. Kuykendall, Robert E. Mock, Rachel M. Korb


This article discusses the findings of a focus group study of 10 African American undergraduate men at a predominantly White Southern research institution.  The authors explored African American menâs struggles with persistence through graduation.  Findings suggest that prior to college, participants faced distracting messages about what it means to attend a PWI from their families, schools, and community.  Implications for establishing partnerships with African American families, schools, and community organizations are discussed.


African American, Men, Success, Partnership, Higher Education, Student Affairs

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