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Black Women Speaking From Within

Essays and Experiences in Higher Education

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Edited By Kelly K. Hope

In Black Women Speaking From Within: Essays and Experiences in Higher Education, contributors use intersectional and interdisciplinary lenses to share the ways in which they understand, navigate, resist, and transform student services, learning, teaching, and existing in the academy. This book explores and discusses the following question: How do Black women experience and perceive place and agency in higher education? Black Women Speaking From Within draws upon the influence organizational culture, sense-making, and sisterhood has on praxis and pedagogy and places the Black woman’s stories and experiences at the center of the conversation.

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Chapter 3: Made It to the Adult Table: Being a Black Woman Millennial Leader in Higher Education (Stephanie L. Krah)

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Chapter 3: Made It to the Adult Table: Being a Black Woman Millennial Leader in Higher Education

BY STEPHANIE L. KRAH1

The intersectionality of race, age, and gender can create a very interesting climate for an individual within higher education. For years, the plight of Black women has been quieted by the louder voices of “women issues” or “Black issues”, then when age is added to the equation the experiences of an individual is raised to another level of complexity. Imagine, being told by an aunt, sit there and stay out of grown folks’ conversation. At any moment one must make sure they do not appear or display behavior that can cause their maturity to be called into question. While on the other hand they must temper themselves in interactions to ensure they are not described as the “angry Black woman.” The dynamics of being a Black female Millennial leader is a balancing act depending on the environment. The following sections will provide a brief description regarding how a Millennial is defined in the workforce in correlation with other generations; brief experiences on Black women Millennial leaders in higher education; and tips for Black women Millennial leaders.

Understanding Generation Correlations

It is predicted by 2020, Millennials will make up 46% of the workforce in comparison to 34% in 2014 (Lynch, 2008). Millennials are noted to view the world much differently and have redefined the meaning of...

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