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African American Women Stem Majors' Lived Experiences In Community College, Loretta D. Westry Jan 2016

African American Women Stem Majors' Lived Experiences In Community College, Loretta D. Westry

Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies

The United States economy has an accelerating demand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related degrees and programs that makes it essential for members of minority populations to achieve degrees in these fields. African American women are underrepresented in STEM fields, suggesting a need to better understand their development and needs while attending community college. This hermeneutical, phenomenological research study investigated the lived experiences and perspectives of African American women enrolled in STEM majors at community colleges. The conceptual framework used to interpret data for this study was derived from Maslow, Erikson, and Rogers's humanist theories of social ...