Hearing their voices : college experiences of urban American Indian women Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study is to explore, through their own voices, the higher education experiences of selected urban American Indian females in California community colleges. This study is an attempt to identify pathways to academic success by teasing out college practices and support systems that help Native women navigate educational paths in community colleges. Five urban Native women were selected through convenience sampling to participate in in-depth interviews that reveal their college-going experiences in community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. A narrative inquiry research design was used in this qualitative study as a means to uncover the lived experience of these Native women in California community colleges. Their stories, in their own voices, reveal how they were assisted or hampered in their pursuit of education goals. Six themes in common emerged from their stories: 1. Perseverance in Higher Education 2. Academic Aptitude and Success 3. Institutional Support 4. Challenges and Barriers 5. Native American Identity and Self-Image 6. Invisibility and Isolation The exploration of challenges, barriers, and institutional support that influenced academic success for these five women assists community college leaders in understanding ways in which those challenges and barriers can be overcome. An intended outcome of this study is to influence instructional and student support practices in order to expand opportunities for success for Native women.
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