Examining the continuum of Black student leadership: From community to college and beyond





Black Student Leadership, Transgenerational, Activism


This qualitative comparative case study examines the leadership involvement of 11 Black collegians and how they make sense of enacting transgenerationally informed knowledge(s) as racial socialization to navigate a predominantly White institution (PWI) campus. Findings indicated participants used elder communal instruction and parental home pedagogy to inform what it means to be leaders who enact social justice while Black. Emergent themes were: 1) Collective Definition; and 2) Self-sacrifice. Participants indicated parents and elders racially socialized them to be self-sacrificing leaders who used values, respect, and honor to preserve Black culture, people, and traditions. Racial socialization processes influenced students to become leaders who built and sustained Black college communities by being resilient. Participants acknowledged that although resiliency was important there was added value in practicing racial resistance, which allowed for exposing racially threatening oppositions and identify acts of racism that were menacing.


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Author Biographies

Bryan Hotchkins, Texas Tech University

Bryan K. Hotchkins is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University. A critical race pedagogue, Dr. Hotchkins studies how people of African descent experience racial trauma within organizations based on climate, context and culture. More specifically, his research problematizes issues pertaining to the intersection of leadership, activism and access across K-20 educational contexts. Dr. Hotchkins’ research is guided by questions related to how institutional environments and racial constructions influence student, faculty and administrator involvement on campus.

Jon McNaughtan, Texas Tech University

Jon McNaughtan is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University where his research focuses on the role and experience of college leaders, with an emphasis on presidents. In this vein he has studied how presidents are selected, their communication strategies during time of crisis, and how they ganged with campus stakeholders. Through this line of work he hopes to assist in the development of future college leaders.




How to Cite

Hotchkins, B., & McNaughtan, J. (2021). Examining the continuum of Black student leadership: From community to college and beyond. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 29(January - July), 42. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.29.4695



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