Inevitable Identities: Black male experiences and persistence strategies in college
Black male students and student-athletes experience a number of issues related to their identities during the college persistence journey.
"These issues have the potential to deter them from graduating," notes ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts faculty member Jennifer Robinson, lecturer in communication. "The process of persistence is a strategic one for Black males to reach an overall goal of graduation."
A passionate teacher of communication, Robinson possesses a deep interest in education, culture and identity. Dr. Robinson will share knowledge drawn from a decade of teaching experience and her ASU doctoral dissertation in Communication Studies (Intercultural Communication): "Persisting through the Inevitable: A Qualitative Study Highlighting the Communication and Identity Experiences of Black Male Students at Predominantly White Institutions."
At the time of the research, statistics indicated that though there was an increase in college enrollment for Black students, the graduation rate was disproportionate to their enrollment. This study investigated the role of identity in the persistence of Black male students’ graduation rates. The overall research indicates that Black male students have expectations of the persistence process and that their personal identity plays a significant role in the persistence process to stay the course to graduation.
Jennifer Robinson's presentation kicks off the spring 2022 events in the Humanities Lecture Series, organized by Dr. Mirna Lattouf in the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.
The session will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 19, beginning at 5 p.m.