This dissertation was informed by the theoretical frameworks of Black feminism and critical race theory. The problem investigated throughout the research was to determine what academic and social trends of institutional discrimination influence the retention rate of Black students as they journeyed through the social and
academic hierarchies of a postsecondary educational institution (Collins, 1998; Collins, 1998; Tate, 2006). The qualitative inquiry of case study was used to investigate the phenomena (Yin, 1994, 2003). The study was done within a 4 year public Hispanic Serving Institution in the southwest region. The participants were
grouped into three collective cases: pushouts, college graduates, and currently enrolled students.
Cheryl Ingram PhD is the CEO and Founder of Diverse City LLC. An organization specializing in creating sustainable diversity and inclusion practices, policies, and strategy for organizations across the United States. She has been training and coaching in the area of multicultural studies for 18 years. She has written articles teaching diversity and inclusion practices. Her most recent work was published in 2016 in the The Diversity, Equity and Justice Handbook for Practicing Educators. Cheryl has her Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Multicultural studies, a Master of Arts in Education, and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Cheryl has also been a professor of Multicultural Studies for 8 years and currently teaching courses at Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, WA.Cheryl has many passions related to social justice and equity. One of her passions is serving on the Board of Directors for Un-loop a national technical training program that addresses..