Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Mathew Kruger-Ross Ph.D

Committee Member

Heather Horowitz Ed.D

Committee Member

Ivet Tweedy Ph.D

Committee Member

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.