Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The Black College Experience: Immigrant and Native Black Students on Campus

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The Black College Experience: Immigrant and Native Black Students on Campus

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In order to examine the Black college experience, I analyzed data from the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (n = 51,819) and collected 39 interviews with Black undergraduates at one University of California campus. The prominent work on Black students in college was done during the time of Affirmative Action. In this post-Affirmative Action era, I found that Black students have low levels of intellectual integration into the university, which has a deleterious effect on their persistence. The extant literature suggests that African Americans (native Blacks) differ from Black immigrants and children of Black immigrants (immigrant Blacks) in their ethnic identities, social networks, perceptions of discrimination, and educational outcomes.

I contribute to this growing body of work, showing that there is no difference between these two groups. Although interview respondents have the expected narratives of cultural difference between immigrant and native Blacks, regression analyses and the interview data point to similarities in college experiences and outcomes. …

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