The metamorphosis of black butterflies:
Dobbs, Ashley Marie
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Using narrative inquiry, the purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the persistence factors of African American undergraduate women attending a predominantly White institution and how they perceive their success. Six African American undergraduate women shared their stories through photo-elicitation, semi-structured interviews, and one focus group. Four themes emerged from the data analysis: self-discovery, my campus impact, pillars of support and defining success. Guided by a Black feminist thought (Collins, 2000) framework, this study found that the women have both internal and external factors contributing to their persistence, are experiencing both comfort and dissonance in college, and do not define their success by graduation. This research advances the knowledge and understanding about the undergraduate experiences of African American enrolled in higher education.