Drawing on the lived experiences of Black students in adult degree completion programs at predominantly White, Christian institutions in the southern United States, this book presents a model for reimagining adult higher education. Westbrook explores the reasons students enrolled in degree programs, how they experience their predominantly white institutions, and how their experiences affect their lives. Employing Critical Race Theory and Christian theology as frameworks for evaluating the students’ experiences, the author sheds light on the ways African American experiences to inform, critique, and shape Christian adult learning in higher education.
1. Introduction 2. Critical Race Theory as a Framework For Exploring Higher Education 3. Imago Dei as a Theological Framework 4. Phenomenology as a Methodological Framework 5. Theme One: Goals for Education 6. Theme Two: Adult Learning Conditions 7. Theme Three: Support Systems 8. Theme Four: Faith 9. Theme Five: Race 10. "Breaking the Cycle" of Racialization