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

  • Jorg Vianden University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  • John A. Kuykendall University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Robert E. Mock University of Kentucky
  • Rachel M. Korb University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Keywords: African American, Men, Success, Partnership, Higher Education, Student Affairs

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Jorg Vianden, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Assistant Professor

Department of Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education

John A. Kuykendall, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Assistant Professor

Department of Higher Education

Robert E. Mock, University of Kentucky

Vice President

Student Affairs

Rachel M. Korb, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education

Published
2012-11-19
Section
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