Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education


International & Multicultural Education EdD

First Advisor

Susan Katz

Second Advisor

Shabnam Koirala-Azad

Third Advisor

Genevieve Negron-Gonzales


The stories of Haiti and the Haitian people have often been filtered through the sensibilities of those who are not of that nation nor of African ancestry. Haitian people deserve the opportunity to tell their authentic stories of their lived realities. This study presents the stories of a small group of Haitian young people under the age of 40 who incorporated their passions into viable work to improve economic circumstances for themselves, their communities, and their country. Based upon narrative inquiry, data collection included interviews, observations, and documents gathered in Haiti. The results produced a complex portrait of participants who embraced opportunities and mitigated obstacles as best as they were able. Participants also offered suggestions for effective partnerships with INGOs. Despite frustration with the negative media images projected onto Haitians from the global community, the participants expressed a distinct love of their country and desire for respect from the rest of the world. Overall, this study’s participants offered a sense of joy in their Haitian identity and an understanding that their individual and collective success would contribute to Haiti’s standing in the world.

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