Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

EdD Doctor of Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Coaxum, James

Committee Member 1

Johnson, Jonathan L.

Committee Member 2

Palmer, Robert


Black Men, Predominantly White Institution, PWI, Third Space


African American male college students


Higher Education


The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of Black men creating third spaces at a predominantly White institution (PWI). The use of the third space theory permitted the researcher to examine both the student's current cultural experiences and the campus climate to understand better how Black men create a third space (Bhabha, 1994). Many Black men have found themselves in between two cultures their previous cultural experiences, and the campus climate of the institution they are attending.

The research gathered and analyzed through this study indicates that the third space theory can be situated to the student's journey in creating a sense of belonging at a PWI. The third space allows students to explore their experiences previous to attending a college and university and their initial experiences of attending a PWI while finding a sense of belonging. This research can be used to understand better how Black men at PWIs discover their sense of belonging while navigating the many challenges they will encounter at a PWI.