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Gyant, LaVerne

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


This is a study of African American men alumni who were members of a Black Male Initiative (BMI) organization at a predominantly white institution (PWI) in the Midwest. The research explores the motivation and transformational experiences of BMI alumni and how their participation in the organization provided the support and motivation they needed to persist and graduate. Self-determination theory and transformational learning theory formed the theoretical frameworks that inform this study. This qualitative study obtained data from 10 African American men by using a 60-90 minute in-depth interview structure with 10 open-ended questions. This dissertation builds on the growing literature that investigates how organizations like BMI have been instrumental in the retention and graduation of African American men.


171 pages




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