CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS FOR SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE EXPERIENCES OF BLACK UNDERGRADUATE WOMEN
SPECIAL ISSUE: Call for Manuscripts
NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education
Centering the Experiences of Black Undergraduate Women in College
Guest Editors: Lori D. Patton Indiana University, Natasha N. Croom, Iowa State University, & Chayla Haynes, University of Northern Colorado
Kaba (2008) asked, “Are Black American women the new model minority?” (p. 309). His question is both relevant and troubling when considering Black undergraduate women. It is relevant given that Black women consistently outpace their male counterparts in terms of degree completion; hence fueling a narrative that these women have a problem-free existence. Kaba’s question is equally troubling given numerous critiques of the model minority myth when applied to Asian and Asian American racial and ethnic groups. The narrative situates Black women as a monolithic group of “super women” who withstand, resist, and persist no matter the costs; emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. The “new model minority” myth ignores the multiple contexts that shape and influence the experiences and lives of Black undergraduate women. This myth endangers the support, advocacy, and visibility that Black undergraduate women deserve as they choose, matriculate and complete college. It also discredits the multiple ways in which they are marginalized within education and society.