When Black Girl Magic Isn’t Enuf: Supporting Black Women College Students through Advising & Coaching
In 2013, CaShawn Thompson coined the term “Black Girl Magic,” resulting in a social movement to honor Black women’s beauty and brilliance. Within postsecondary education, Black Girl Magic is characterized in ways Black women college students battle stereotypes, navigate hostile environments, and earn college degrees in a system that has ignored them. Black women have attained bachelor’s degrees at an increasing rate and are the only population, second to Latina women, to achieve this academic level. Despite the ability to excel academically and socially within campus life, Black women college students still contend with discrimination, stereotyping, isolation, and tokenism. The paradox of their success and their marginalized identity has stifled conversations surrounding strategies on how to support them holistically. When working with Black women college students, it is essential that advisors, success coaches, and administrators use a unique approach that conveys inclusivity and an awareness around the cultural influences Black women students experience during their academic career. Sponsored by NACADA’s Inclusion and Engagement Committee, in this 60-minute 2021 videocast webinar, presenters from Florida State University highlight the unique experiences of Black women college students to assist advisors and coaches in recognizing their challenges, celebrating their successes, and connecting them with appropriate resources. Utilizing existing research and their personal experiences, the presenters ensure viewers gain insight, understanding, and valuable resources that they can incorporate in their roles.