WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF SAME-RACE ALUMNI MENTORING ON THE
CAREER DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS ATTENDING
PREDOMINANTLY WHITE UNIVERSITIES?
Kari E. Enge
A Dissertation Presented to the
FACULTY OF THE USC GRADUATE SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
In Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION
Copyright 2010 Kari E. Enge
The goal of this study is to examine the impact Black alumni may have on the career development of African American undergraduate students attending predominantly White universities. The narratives presented in this study aim to highlight the mentoring process and to provide new perspectives on theories of social integration, particularly same-race mentoring relationships. The development of these relationships can have significant effects on the professional integration of African American students at predominantly White institutions. This study will identify how students who engage in same-race mentoring programs experience increased opportunity for career development.