Racializing Experiences of Foreign-Born and Ethnically Diverse Black Male Engineering Graduate Students: Implications for Student Affairs Practice, Policy, and Research

  • Brian A. Burt Iowa State University, United States
  • Alexander Knight Iowa State University, United States
  • Justin Roberson Iowa State University, United States
Keywords: Black males, foreign-born, graduate students, engineering, racialized experiences

Abstract

Despite a growing body of work on the experiences of Black collegians, the higher education knowledge base lacks scholarship focused on Black men in graduate programs who are foreign-born and/or identify ethnically as other than African American. In this article, we provide a domain-specific investigation (i.e., based on students’ field of study), centering on nine Black men in engineering graduate programs. Three themes emerged regarding students’ racialized experiences and effects of racialization: (1) racialization as a transitional process; (2) cultural identity (dis)integrity; and (3) racialized imposter syndrome. We conclude with implications for developing and implementing promising practices and activities that aid students throughout graduate school. Such targeted efforts might also improve the likelihood of students remaining in the engineering workforce.

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Author Biographies

Brian A. Burt, Iowa State University, United States

BRIAN A. BURT, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Iowa State University. His research interests include learning and achievement of underrepresented graduate students of color in STEM fields. 

Alexander Knight, Iowa State University, United States

ALEXANDER KNIGHT is a recent graduate of the Student Affairs program at Iowa State University. He served as a graduate assistant in the International Students and Scholars Office, tasked with planning International Student Orientation.

Justin Roberson, Iowa State University, United States

JUSTIN ROBERSON is a Master’s student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Iowa State University. He is interested in researching how black men navigate predominantly white spaces and the manifestation of resilience against oppression. 

Published
2017-10-01
How to Cite
Burt, B. A., Knight, A., & Roberson, J. (2017). Racializing Experiences of Foreign-Born and Ethnically Diverse Black Male Engineering Graduate Students: Implications for Student Affairs Practice, Policy, and Research. Journal of International Students, 7(4), 925-943. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i4.182
Section
Research Articles