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I Need You To Survive: Black Women Resisting White Supremacy Culture for Faculty and Student Wellbeing

Abstract

The K-12 teaching population in the United States remains overwhelmingly White despite rapid changes in racial demographics. Black prospective educators enrolled in teacher preparation programs often find themselves isolated and subjected to racism.  Racial affinity groups have been established to support students of Color. Faculty mentors of these groups spend substantial time, physical, and emotional energy supporting students who navigate the violence of higher education institutions. Given recent and ongoing pandemics, supporting students to survive, thrive, and develop psychological literacy is critical work and has become more time intensive. This article examines the experiences of two Black women faculty mentors working with Black undergraduate students. Findings indicate that notwithstanding the labor, mentoring has supported faculty members’ wellbeing, thereby disrupting traditional notions of service leading to burnout. The authors posit that affinity mentoring is mutually beneficial for faculty and student wellbeing. Implications and transferability are discussed.

Published: 2023-12-11
Pages:53 to 64
Section:Articles
How to Cite
Myers, M., & Id-Deen, L. (2023). I Need You To Survive: Black Women Resisting White Supremacy Culture for Faculty and Student Wellbeing. Student Success, 14(3), 53-64. https://doi.org/10.5204/ssj.2719

Author Biographies

Kennesaw State University
United States United States

Dr. Marrielle Myers is an Associate Professor of Elementary Mathematics Education at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Myers engages in scholarship in three areas a) preparing and supporting teachers' development of political knowledge and critical consciousness, b) supporting Black teachers’ understanding of teaching for justice and engagement in creative insubordination, and c) supporting teachers and teacher educators to navigate educational censorship.  Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Myers taught high school mathematics.  

Kennesaw State University
United States United States

Lateefah Id-Deen, PhD is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Kennesaw State University. She investigates culturally responsive and social justice instructional practices that promote student-teacher relationships, affirm mathematics identities, and cultivate belongingness to support students’ learning experiences in mathematics classrooms. Her work reflects her passion for creating equitable learning environments in mathematics classrooms.  

Open Access Journal
ISSN 2205-0795