School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)
Melvin E. Pride
Mentoring, Relationship, Faculty-student, African American/Black
Counseling | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Siaji, Steven Odipo, "Faculty-Student Mentoring-Relationship Experiences of African-American/Black CES Doctoral Students" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2654.
This phenomenological qualitative inquiry explored the lived experiences of African American/Black (AA/Black) doctoral counselor education and supervision students in relation to faculty-student mentoring relationships. The literature review provides a theoretical framework based on Miller’s (1976) theory of relational-cultural theory. Data were collected through a demographic survey and in-depth telephone interviews. Data analysis included identifying participants’ significant themes, utilizing themes to create structural and textural descriptions, and ultimately describing the essence of participants’ experiences. The five themes that emerged, related to participants’ lived experiences, were these: belonging within the African American/Black community, coping, racism, and multiculturalism. The study results suggest that there was a dearth of faculty-student mentoring relationships, and some participants reported poor relationships with some White faculty and peers, negative student experiences, lack of confidence, and negative team interactions.