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The Intersectionality of Leadership (Styles) and Broadening Participation in STEM at HBCUs

Nisha Naomi Clavier1, Kimarie Engerman1, Camille A. McKayle1 and Mohomodou Boncana1
  • 1 University of the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands (U.S.)

Abstract

The term leadership has been dissected, analyzed and even quantified over numerous years. Leadership in STEM has also been extensively researched. Its results are used to educate and guide decision and to enact policies. However, despite the abundance of literature available on leadership and STEM in general, research falls short when it comes to examining leadership characteristics and its relationship to broadening participation at institutions of higher education, specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Of special interest is the growing awareness that HBCUs have been producing high percentages of STEM graduates for many years. CASL, the Center for Advancement of STEM Leadership, aims to discover the leadership styles, characteristics and practices that may be influencing the large production of STEM graduates from HBCUs and contribute to the general body of knowledge on leadership. Semi-structured interviews served as the source of data from HBCU leaders’ perspectives. The results of this analysis will assist with increasing the general population’s awareness and knowledge of the impact of HBCUs’ leadership on broadening participation in STEM. The results also inform leaders of educational institutions across the nation regarding the benefits of exploring, or implementing, uncovered leadership styles and practices to broaden participation in STEM.

Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 17 No. 1, 2021, 19-31

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2021.19.31

Submitted On: 30 November 2020 Published On: 16 March 2021

How to Cite: Clavier, N. N., Engerman, K., A. McKayle, C. & Boncana, M. (2021). The Intersectionality of Leadership (Styles) and Broadening Participation in STEM at HBCUs. Journal of Social Sciences, 17(1), 19-31. https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2021.19.31

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Keywords

  • HBCUs
  • STEM
  • Leadership Styles
  • Academic Frames
  • Broadening Participation