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Black Women College Students

A Guide to Student Success in Higher Education, 1st Edition

By Felecia Commodore, Dominique J. Baker, Andrew T. Arroyo


148 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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The latest book in the Key Issues on Diverse College Students series explores the state of Black women students in higher education. Delineating key issues, proposing an original student success model, and describing what institutions can do to better support this group, this important book provides a succinct but comprehensive exploration of this underrepresented and often neglected population on college campuses. Full of practical recommendations for working across academic and student affairs, this is a useful guide for administrators, faculty, and practitioners interested in creating pathways for Black female college student success. Whether this book is read cover to cover or used as a resource manual, the pages contain critical insights that should be taken into serious consideration wherever Black women college students are concerned.


"I am pleased to see the work of Commodore, Baker, and Arroyo emerge as a major contribution to the scholarship on Black women collegians. This book is vitally important to the expansion of research that is forging a path toward greater attention and resources for Black women collegians."

—From the Foreword by Lori D. Patton, Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

"This book casts a much needed spotlight on the often overlooked experiences of Black women in higher education. A thoughtful and thorough analysis of extant work lays the foundation for this book’s innovative individual and institutional models, designed to assist and support Black women as they navigate higher education. The sharp insight and deep care with which this work was undertaken positions this text as a go-to resource for faculty, students, scholars, and institutional leaders in the years to come."

— Kimberly A. Griffin, Associate Professor, Student Affairs, University of Maryland

"Black Women College Students offers a clarion call for a deeper, more nuanced focus on Black women’s college experiences that also connects these experiences to larger social issues such as racial, gendered, and class hierarchies. This thoughtful, thorough, and nuanced book will surely become an exemplar in how to do research with and support Black women in higher education."

—Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Table of Contents


Series Editor's Introduction

Foreword- Lori D. Patton


Chapter One: Depicting Black women students in American higher education

Chapter Two: Key issues facing Black female college students

Chapter Three: Toward a new model of Black female college student success

Chapter Four: A call for institutional responsibility

Chapter Five: Future directions


About the Authors

Felecia Commodore is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Old Dominion University, USA.

Dominique J. Baker is Assistant Professor of Education Policy at Southern Methodist University, USA.

Andrew T. Arroyo is Director for Student Pathways and Academic Formation at Norfolk State University, USA.

About the Series

Key Issues on Diverse College Students

This exciting new series, Diverse College Students: Promoting Student Success, offers practical and insightful recommendations to inform higher education practice. Based on solid research, this unique series is accessible to practitioners and scholars alike. Each book in the series will focus on the experiences, identities, challenges, and successes for various underrepresented student groups. Our overarching goal and vision for the series is to promote and support a pathway to student success for all students, providing professionals with resources on student groups traditionally marginalized in literature and practice.

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