Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Searching for Knowledge in the Belly of the Beast: Diversity, Social Equity and the African Graduate Student Mother's Experience in Us Higher Education

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Searching for Knowledge in the Belly of the Beast: Diversity, Social Equity and the African Graduate Student Mother's Experience in Us Higher Education

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Diversity has become a buzz word in public discourse and in educational circles. Higher education institutions in the US have increasingly used this word as a cornerstone of their mission statements and have made increasing efforts to attract students from different backgrounds. As part of the increase in diversity efforts among US colleges, is a significant rise in the number of international students. Attracting international students has become a priority for U.S. universities regardless of size or location. This study examines the intersection between the structure of American educational environment and the blended identities of African Graduate Student Mothers. Within the context of contemporary diversity efforts in US educational institutions, this study examines both the structural environments and the sociocultural constructs that affect the experiences of African graduate student mothers.

Based on a qualitative research interview design, a total of nineteen African graduate student mothers at a Mid-Western University in the US were interviewed individually and in groups over a six weeks period. …

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