This exploratory study examines the lived academic and social experiences of current black male undergraduate students, including their perceived barriers and their strategies for persistence and achieving success. Study participants included black male undergraduate students at one predominantly white, four-year, public research university. Data collection methods included two focus group interviews with a purposeful sample of 12 undergraduate, black male students. Students reported that explicit and implicit messages of racial hatred have contributed to a general campus atmosphere of discomfort for black male students. The students described an environment where they continually encounter racial micro aggressions and prejudice. Students reported that persisting at Mid-South has been challenging for them. Nevertheless, they have persisted. Among their lessons learned is that networking is powerful; both inter- and intra-racial networking.
Lewis, Wayne D.; Oliver, Steven Thurston; and Burris, Jennifer L.
"A Work in Progress: The Lived Experiences of Black Male Undergraduates at One Predominantly White University,"
Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://uknowledge.uky.edu/kjhepp/vol1/iss1/5