A narrative inquiry into the identity making of black women in Canadian higher education

  • Author / Creator
    Ingraham, Kenchera. Curlene
  • Background: The voices and experiences of black women in higher education in Canada have largely been absent. When they do speak out against institutional structures or challenging issues of power, they encounter issues of colonialism, racism, gendering, silencing, and othering. Such experiences have created stories of humiliation and oppression which questions black women's integrity and shapes their identity The objectives of this research are to i) expand current understandings of the ways in which black women’s is impacted by power structures in higher education; ii) contribute to responsive policies, practices and programs that create possibilities that identity-making in black women are shaped in higher education through equitable experiences. Methodology: A focus on experience is central to this research and has called me to engage in a narrative inquiry study. A diverse methods of data collection was used including recorded conversations with guiding questions, letter writing, memory box items, and journal writing to gain insights into participant’s experiences. Outcome: Across the narratives participants narratives validated experiences of othering, invisibility, resilience and racism in Canadian higher education classrooms and campuses.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2021
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    Doctor of Philosophy
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