Advisor

Guido, Florence M.

Committee Member

Rodriguez, Katrina L.

Committee Member

Jennings, Louise B.

Committee Member

Fahey, Kathleen R.

Department

Higher Education & Student Leadership

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

5-1-2011

Genre

Thesis

Extent

300 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Description

Six anti-racist White feminist activists shared stories of engaging in anti-racist activism. Critical race feminism and intersectionality provide the theoretical framework supporting this transformative inquiry. Through interviews, a focus group, and guided reflections, activists shared their understanding of their White racial identity, influences on their identity development, and their experiences engaging in anti-racist activism. Participants' white identity development consisted of experiences of anger and resistance, shame and guilt, creating a new version of whiteness, and pride in racial identity. Influences on identities included sexual violence, women's studies and ethnic studies classes, involvement and activism, family relationships, and relationships with People of Color. Importance of community, everyday activism, internal dialogue and hyper-awareness, and the fear of appearing racist emerged as themes related to the experiences of engaging in anti-racist activism. Implications for student affairs and social justice educators include supporting integrated learning, community building, and self-awareness. Future directions for research and implications for women's studies, student development, and intersectionality scholars are also provided.

Degree type

PhD

Degree Name

Doctoral

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Linder_unco_0161D_10061.pdf

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by author.

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