Donnette A. Deigh




School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)


Joy M. Mwendwa


Counselor Education and Supervision, Black Women Faculty, Black Feminist Thought, Vision Board, Mentorship


This transcendental phenomenological study explored the lived experiences of Black women recent graduates from Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited counselor education and supervision (CES) doctoral programs regarding having a non-Black supervision mentor while attending their predominately White institution. The participants were eight CES doctoral students from PWIs across the United States, including the southeastern, western, and Midwestern regions. Data were obtained using semi structured interviews and vision boards identifying participants’ cross-racial mentorship and supervision experiences during their doctoral programs using critical race theory and Black feminist thought as the theoretical framework. Thematic analysis of the data revealed three themes and nine subthemes: ability to have access (communication, feelings of loneliness and isolation), support (institutional support, faculty mentor/supervisor support, and community support), and cultural responsiveness (cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, racism and implicit bias, and inclusivity and representation). The study revealed that cultural responsiveness should be used as a lens when providing effective cross-racial mentorship and supervision. Implications and recommendations for research are discussed.