Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs
Mathew Kruger-Ross Ph.D
Heather Horowitz Ed.D
Ivet Tweedy Ph.D
Jacqueline Hodes Ph.D
Black women are constantly overlooked within higher education institutions, which is influenced by the systematic racism and sexism embedded in our society and higher education practices. My thematic concern looks to help Black female students understand, process, and overcome the feelings of imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern of doubting one’s accomplishments, causing a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud. This occurs when societal expectations of one's identity does not align with their own. Using the methodology of critical action research, I analyze how external factors of intersecting oppression influence Black women to experience imposter syndrome. Her Melanin is a potential solution to help Black female students overcome their experience of imposter syndrome.
Wright, Nzingha, "Her Melanin: Creating Courageous Conversations for Combating Imposter Syndrome for Black Women in Higher Education" (2021). West Chester University Master’s Theses. 214.