Success Through Community Cultural Wealth

Reflections From Black Female College Athletes at a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and a Historically White Institution (HWI)

Authors

  • Joseph N. Cooper University of Connecticut
  • Christa J. Porter Kent State University
  • Tiffany J. Davis University of Houston

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2017-0006

Keywords:

black female college athletes, community cultural wealth, critical race methodology, academic achievement, intercollegiate athletics

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of Black female college athletes at a Division I historically Black college/university (HBCU) and historically White institution (HWI) and identify key influences that facilitated their academic achievement and positive educational experiences. Two focus groups and eight individual interviews were conducted with three Black female college athletes at a HBCU and five Black female college athletes at a HWI. An 8-item demographic questionnaire was administered to obtain information related to the participants’ personal backgrounds. Yosso’s (2005) community cultural wealth framework was incorporated to highlight individual and environmental influences that contributed to participants’ positive educational and developmental outcomes. Findings revealed participants accessed and leveraged various forms of familial, resistant, aspirational, social, and navigational capital to overcome challenges and excel in college. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

Author Biographies

Joseph N. Cooper, University of Connecticut

Cooper is with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. Porter is with the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Davis is with the University of Houston, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Houston, Texas.

Christa J. Porter, Kent State University

Cooper is with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. Porter is with the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Davis is with the University of Houston, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Houston, Texas.

Tiffany J. Davis, University of Houston

Cooper is with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. Porter is with the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Davis is with the University of Houston, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Houston, Texas.

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Published

2017-12-01

How to Cite

Cooper, J. N., Porter, C. J., & Davis, T. J. (2017). Success Through Community Cultural Wealth: Reflections From Black Female College Athletes at a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) and a Historically White Institution (HWI). Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 10(2), 129–156. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2017-0006