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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Imprimer: 1072-8325
ISSN En ligne: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2017016952
pages 61-80

(RE)DEFINING STUDENT SUCCESS: A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF BLACK UNDERGRADUATE WOMEN PURSUING VETERINARY MEDICINE

Christa J. Porter
College of Education, Health and Human Services, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242, USA
Yeukai Mlambo
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Joy Hannibal
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Nadeeka Karunaratne
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA

RÉSUMÉ

The qualitative study explored how Black preveterinary undergraduate women defined success. Two focus groups consisting of 13 women were conducted, with four attending the predominately White host institution (PWI), termed State University in this study, and nine who were enrolled at six different institutions, designated Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The 13 interviewees participated in a preveterinary summer program at State University, and self-selected to take part in a focus group. Participants defined their success according to immediate and long-term goal achievement facilitated by their upbringing and precollegiate socialization, identity, self-awareness, and available systems of support. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.