School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)


Joy Mwendwa


Counselor Education and Supervision (CES), Ethnic Minoritized Men, Minority, Leadership


Counseling | Leadership Studies


Ethnic minoritized men continue to be underrepresented in the counselor education and supervision (CES) field in faculty and leadership roles. This qualitative phenomenological study highlights the lived experiences of six ethnic minoritized men leaders in CES to examine the factors that helped them in their leadership development and how those elements can be fostered in others to increase diversity in leadership in CES. The six participants come from universities across the United States. Limited research has been done on ethnic minoritized men leaders in counseling and CES, and that research focused on their current leadership experiences. A semi structured interview provided the data for the thematic analysis. The analysis revealed six themes and two subthemes. The themes were: community support, which included family, leaders, and peers; the importance of mentorship, encountered barriers (external: racism, discrimination, marginalization, and glass ceiling; internal: Impostor syndrome); persistence; religion as a basis for leadership development; and servant leadership. The study revealed that the themes of community support, mentorship, and religion as a basis for leadership development were foundational in the participants’ ability to persist and overcome internal and external barriers and then see themselves as servant leaders.