A Qualitative Study on Historically Black College and University Faculty Perceptions on Preparing Black Students for Social Justice and Racism Readiness
This qualitative study explored the individual personal experiences of 11 Black faculty from 6 selected Southern HBCUs. The purpose of this study was to describe their lived experiences and to provide insight on the issues of social justice and racism readiness. The literature review outlined the history of the racism and social injustice, the rise of White supremacy, police brutality, discrimination against Blacks, and the strategies to support Black student success as they become futures leaders. This study also provided faculty views and suggestions for preparing Black students to recognize discrimination that may occur in White spaces after graduation and provided approaches to combat discrimination through racism readiness methods. This research was conducted using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) methodology to examine the experiences of the Black HBCU faculty during their lives, educational journeys, and careers. The population of this study included seven Black female HBCU educators and four Black male HBCU educators who had at least 5 years of teaching experience in higher education and are currently serving or have served as tenured or tenured track faculty. Despite past experiences, circumstances, and adversities, this study explored the lived experiences of Black HBCU faculty through the lens of Critical Race Theory (CRT). As a result, this study revealed how understanding these HBCU faculty experiences and stories can answer the question, “How educators can understand and prepare Black students to address racist encounters?” As we know, prejudice against Blacks in America and throughout the world is not a thing of the past, it continues to this day through systemic and institutional racism. This study serves as a catalyst to enlighten educators, students, graduates, and policymakers on the need for racism readiness and social justice programs in education, that can identify strategies to address and challenge issues of discrimination.
Black studies|Experimental psychology|Sociology
Wrice-Bulluck, Charmetri, "A Qualitative Study on Historically Black College and University Faculty Perceptions on Preparing Black Students for Social Justice and Racism Readiness" (2022). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI30000492.