Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Social Work

First Advisor

Yvette Colon

Second Advisor

Angie Mann-Williams


Nationwide, there are a small percentage of Black students participating in Honors Programs at the undergraduate college level. Due to the limited representation of students of color within advanced academic programs such as honors programs, the unique stories and experiences of this particular population oftentimes goes overlooked. The goal of this qualitative study is to give Black Honors students a voice and highlight their narratives. Analyzing the benefits and challenges that students of color face within their overall experience in The Honors College at Eastern Michigan University, a Predominantly White Institution can assist in knowledge regarding this population. One focus group with six self-identified African American/Black Honors students, ages 18-24, attending Eastern Michigan University was conducted. During the focus group, students were asked about their perceptions of The Honors College and the forms of support they found to be most beneficial to their academic, professional, and personal success as a student from an underrepresented racial-ethnic background. Based on the results of this study, recommendations for further research regarding Black Undergraduate Honors students and their needs for support will be suggested.

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Social Work Commons