Black and Indigenous Theoretical Considerations for Higher Education Sustainability


  • Meseret Hailu Arizona State University
  • Amanda Tachine Arizona State University



Black immigrants and refugees, cultural sustainability, higher education, indigenous knowledge systems, intellectual solidarity


In this conceptual paper, the authors make the case for why and how researchers can incorporate Black and Indigenous standpoints in higher education scholarship. We begin by drawing parallels between the racialized contexts of higher education for Black and Indigenous communities in the United States (U.S.). Next, we explore ethics of communality among Black immigrant and refugee populations, as well as Indigenous knowledge systems of relationality. We conclude by posing 10 research questions to be taken up by higher education researchers.


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How to Cite

Hailu, M., & Tachine, A. (2021). Black and Indigenous Theoretical Considerations for Higher Education Sustainability. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 13(Summer), 20–42.



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