Black Experiences in Higher Education

Faculty, Staff, and Students

Edited by:
Sherella Cupid, Louisiana State University
Antione D. Tomlin, Anne Arundel Community College

A volume in the series: Contemporary Issues in Higher Education. Editor(s): John D Branch, University of Michigan.

Published 2023

Black Experiences in Higher Education: Faculty, Staff, and Students illuminates the narratives of Black faculty, staff, and students and how they navigate their professional experiences, confront the hidden curriculum and work to transform academia. As we think about the context of Black Lives Matter, intersections of race and gender, and what it means to be Black in America, there is a new consciousness and attention to the uniqueness of Black experiences in the world. This book calls attention to how Black folks are navigating their experiences within higher education.

The book will present an overarching aim to delve into Black voices and experiences in higher education. Contributing authors hold varying roles of faculty, staff, and students, all sharing their experiences in higher education in the USA. In particular these scholars reflect on the challenges and opportunities within the three themes of mental health and wellness, mentorship and creating supportive spaces, and career experiences, trajectories and pathways. The aim of the variety of contributing authors creates a space to reveal unique Black experiences and voices, therefore contributing to the scholarly discourse on race in America, and in higher education, in particular.

Introduction, Sherella Cupid, Antione Tomlin, and Nneka Chisholm. SECTION I: MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS. Using In-Class Wellness Practices as a Form of Resistance, Sierra JêCre McKissick. “I Got Your Back”: Increasing Engagement for African American Students at College Counseling Centers, Ricardo Phipps. Who Are You Meant to Be: Exploring Imposter Syndrome, Authenticating Blackness, and Self-Care as a Black Student Within Higher Education, Sagirah Wheeler. A Black Woman in White Spaces: Racial Battle Fatigue, Shareen Clement. From Work Ethic to Worth Ethic: A Journey in Well-Being of a Black Woman Administrator, Chasity Gaither. Disengagement by 1,000 Cuts: Impact of Racial Microaggression on Black Employee Engagement, Courtney J. Jones Carney. SECTION II: MENTORSHIP AND CREATING SUPPORTIVE SPACES. The Call for Counterspaces: Centering Racialized Support at a New Institution of Higher Education, Leatra B. Tate and elise Michaux. Pushout, Pandemic, and Praxis: A Black PhD Student’s Mentorship Experience, Bisola A. Wald. Mentorship as Coping: Things Aren’t Always What They Seem, Chantel Simpson. Up the Ladder: Understanding Black Mentorship Through a Black Doctoral Duo-Ethnography, Rockia Harris and Ashley N. McDonald. Academic Mothering: Black Women Mentors in Higher Education, Jennifer Bacon. Moving On Up: The Browning of the Union, Brandi Bush Roberts and Nikki Godfrey. “Lifting as We Climb”: Three Black Men Teaching Black Male Students in an Introductory Education Course, Stephen Thorne, Michael Wood, and Julius Davis. African American/Black Women in Non-Managerial Spaces in Higher Education, Arah Parker. SECTION III: CAREER EXPERIENCES, TRAJECTORIES, AND PATHWAYS. From College to Career: Preparing Black Students With Disabilities to Navigate the Workforce, Keshard Chery and Trina Bryant. Receipts, Resignation, and Redemption, Stacey E. Hardin. The Performances and Emotional Labor of Black Academic Faculty, Christian Lewis. Behind the Mask: How I Embraced Black Feminism During COVID-19, Doreen M. Hatcher. How I Got Over, Serena Johnson. My Mother Picked Cotton, Terrilyn Hickman-Allen. About the Editors. About the Contributors.