Date of Graduation

Winter 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education (IME)


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. Rosa Jimenez

Second Advisor

Professor Jessie Blundell

Third Advisor

Dr. Colette Cann


This project examines the challenging racialized experiences of Black students who attended private predominantly white institutions (PWIs) during their K-12 education, with a particular focus on the long-term impact of those experiences. The existing literature contains valuable data about the experiences of Black students in predominantly white private schools. However, an important gap in the literature exists regarding the reflections and understandings developed over time by Black adults who attended predominantly white private schools. This field project aims to explore the beliefs that were borne of those experiences and how those experiences ultimately become interwoven into a Black student’s identity formation, using narrative research informed by Critical Race Theory. The findings from this research are synthesized and presented in a CRT-informed handbook for Black students and their educators at private K-12 PWIs.