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Title:The Black Butterfly Initiative: Addressing the underrepresentation of African American students in study abroad programs (SAP)
Author(s):Evans, Angelique C.
Subject(s):Study abroad
African American
Underrepresentation
Abstract:The objective of this literature review is to explore the historical context, societal barriers, and cultural contexts that have aided in the underrepresentation of African American students in the study abroad programs. African American students comprised 14% of the total study body enrolled at U.S. institutions of higher education in 2010, yet only represent 4.8% of the study abroad programs participants (Sweeny, 2013). This literature review looks at the historical foundations of study abroad, U.S. law, and how it has aided in the construction of race and education as precursors to the barriers of African American students participating in study abroad programs. Furthermore, this review couples Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF), both of which perpetuate a mindset of inadequacies and fears not only as ingrained barriers to African American participation but possibly the most difficult of the obstacles to overcome. Lastly, this paper notes what research has been conducted in on the subject matter since its inception twenty-six years ago and provides insight as to how the gaps in the research available can be filled.
Issue Date:2020-01-20
Publisher:Office of International Programs. College of Education. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/106065
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Angelique C. Evans
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-01-29


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