Autoethnography of a working professional, mother, student, person of color/other, foreign-born national
Binuya, Catherine Tungol
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Persistence and integration of an individual depends on the individual’s characteristics and motivation, available and accessible levels of support, and congruence with cultural values, behaviors, and expectations. This autoethnographic study reflects the analysis of the intersectionality of multiple identities as a working professional, mother, student, person of color/Other, foreign-born national across the cultural environments of work, home, and school as I pursue an online doctoral program in education in the United States. Taken from a post-modernist, post-structuralist lens, this research examines the axiology of personal truths to reflect on systematic inequalities experienced as gender-based and racial discrimination and oppression in the context of culture. This research explores the theme of the influence of ethnic cultural roots and internalized values of families of origin on the contextual development and expression of multiple identities. Tinto’s Student Integration Model (SIM) serves as a starting point to problematize integration models based on dominant cultural characteristics that perpetuate White, male privilege. This research advocates for a more multi-culturally inclusive integration processes that address marginalized group identity membership, challenges the model minority myth, and work-life balance. Theory-to-practice takeaways are offered for administrators for implementation to improve workplace environments.