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Title:“Here I come with all my Black girl magic”: Black women and girls’ experiences in predominantly white independent private schools
Author(s):Owens, Devean R.
Director of Research:Welton, Anjalé
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Welton, Anjalé
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Brown, Ruth N; Dixson, Adrienne; Neville, Helen
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Black women
Black girls
independent schools
Black girl friendships
Black women friendships, Black feminism, Critical Race Theory
Abstract:Within independent private schools specifically, Black women and girls endure feelings of rejection, isolation, and inadequacy all whilst trying to maintain their academic or career success and a positive self-perception. Through the lenses of Black Feminist Thought and Critical Race Theory, this dissertation presents Black women and girls’ true experiences in PWIS which defy dominant deficit beliefs. Participants detailed the racism, erasure, and trauma they endured and the detrimental effects these experiences caused in their lives. They also expressed the importance and value of their relationships with one another. These relationships provided them with the affirmation and confidence they needed to believe in and stand up for themselves. Black women and girls engage in various resistance strategies through living authentically, challenging dominant norms, and advocating for themselves and others in the school community.
Issue Date:2020-04-14
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/107877
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Devean Owens
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-08-26
Date Deposited:2020-05


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