Black undergraduate women's sense of belonging as engineering majors
Gibson, Sheree Latoi
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The purpose of this interpretive study was to determine how 6 undergraduate Black women in engineering made meaning of sense of belonging. Using photo elicitation and interviews, participants described their experiences of community while studying to be engineers. The data were analyzed using theoretical reading. The women in the study had several spaces where they felt a sense of community however, the process of identifying these spaces were not immediate and required participants to examine the intersections of their identities. The women in the study evaluated and re-evaluated campus spaces with the question in mind of who will accept me as an undergraduate Black female engineering. The study concluded that once participants identified spaces, how they felt in the space was placed on a continuum of belonging. Implications of the study suggest that programs and services that assist with identity exploration for undergraduate Black women are essential to their success.