The Challenges and Triumphs in Addressing Students’ Intersectional Identities for Black Culture Centers

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This study examines how directors of Black culture centers (BCCs) address Black students’ intersectional identities. We highlight the challenges that directors of BCCs face as they attempt to preserve a race salient agenda, while accounting for other critical facets of students’ social identities. Findings explore how directors hold differing approaches to addressing the intersections of Black students’ intersectional identities and the ways in which these attempts were hindered by a lack of funding and postracial ideology. From the findings, the authors provide rich recommendations to staff who work in BCCs and other identity-based centers on the theory of intersectionality and how to incorporate the theory into one’s daily practice and programming.

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