Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership - Higher Education

Committee Chair/Advisor

Dr. Natasha Croom

Committee Member

Dr. Roy Jones

Committee Member

Dr. Tony Cawthon

Committee Member

Dr. Nafees Khan


Despite improvements in the rates of college admission over the past few decades, college persistence and graduation rates continue to be problematic, particularly for marginalized students—students of color and students from low-income and/or first-generation families at all institutional types. When attention is shifted to Black first-generation students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), persistence research neglects to include how Black first-generation college students own their educational experience to gain access to college and persist through graduation nor does the research examine cultural factors that help these students persist through the college-going process. Building from both student persistence and community cultural wealth frameworks, the purpose of this study is to examine the lived pre-college experiences of Black first-generation HBCU students.



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