Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Disability and Equity in Education

First Advisor

Dr. Terry Smith

Second Advisor

Dr. Sadia Warsi

Third Advisor

Dr. Angela Elkerdy


In the field of education, African-American men are greatly underrepresented across all school settings. In the state of Illinois of nearly 130,000 certified educators, there are less than two thousand (2,000) African American males across the state. Through a critical race theory lens, the focus of this narrative study was to explore what can be learned by researching/re-framing how African-American educators perceive their experience of developing relationships across educational domains and how they make sense of the ways in which they experience discrimination and construct relationships with others. Through the use of interview, observation and journal responses, insight into their perceptions of discrimination and relationship building across their personal, educational and professional relationships. As scholarship has pointed to the need to increase the number of African-American men in school settings, the insights and perceptions of this demographic can begin to help us understand the experience of those in the educational landscape. This is pivotal to better understand how to further the participation of African-American male educators.


The author would like to acknowledge the encouragement of classmates, professors and family members.