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Title:The whores left behind: Black sex workers’ college navigation & loneliness
Author(s):Morrow, Rayven Nicole
Advisor(s):Dixson, Adrienne Denise
Contributor(s):González Ybarra, Mónica; Ruedas-Gracia, Nidia
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Black girlhood
Black whorehood
Black sex workers
college student development
Abstract:This thesis explores how registered student organizations (RSOs), the collegiate version of K-12 extracurricular programs, designed for Black students’ enrichment and retention on college campuses may constrict, exclude, and disregard Black college sex workers and their identity. Through a Black whorehood theoretical framework, I investigate the discourses about Black girlhood, deviancy, and respectability that are found within Black RSOs which aim to give Black college students a sense of belonging on Black Exclusionary Institutions (BEIs) of Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and contribute positively to their retention and graduation rates, per Tinto’s Student Departure Theory. I find that these discourses within the making and functioning of Black RSOs perpetuate respectability politics aligned with white personhood, reinforcing an exclusionary model of an ideal Black college woman that ultimately contributes to the continued disenfranchisement of Black sex workers. I conclude with suggestions for how a Black RSO may develop programming and curricula using Black whorehood ideologies.
Issue Date:2021-07-23
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Rayven Morrow
Date Available in IDEALS:2022-01-12
Date Deposited:2021-08

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