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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership


This dissertation study contributes to the dearth of research examining the leadership development of Latina college students. Using critical race feminism (CRF) as a guiding framework, this study centers the experiences of Latina college students, exploring how dominant cultural values, Latinx cultural values, and the context of the collegiate environment influence how this population experiences leadership development. Utilizing a qualitative research design, participants shared stories and insights related to how they conceptualized and experienced leadership development in the context of a historically White college/university. The data indicates that Latina college students experience leadership as a constant negotiation of dominant cultural values, institutional and peer ostracism, gender norms, and various states of visibility and invisibility within higher education. This study offers a foundational addition to leadership discourse, presenting the experiences of Latina college students as unique, intersectional, and multi-faceted.

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