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M.A. Higher Education


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Tinnin, Andrew

Committee Member 1

Walpole, MaryBeth

Committee Member 2

McCombs, Tyrone


African American, Black Men, College, Soft Skills, Student Activities, Student Involvement


African-American college students; Rowan University--Students


Higher Education


The following study is an exploration of the views Black male college students have of the soft skills they have developed through participation in a predominately Black student organization. I used a focus group moderator guide with questions, adapted from Stansberry and Burnett (2014) and modified from Evans (2016) and Saraceno (2019) to serve as the instrument for this qualitative study. I gathered data from a focus groups consisting of Black male college students who are enrolled at Rowan University and participate in Black student organizations on campus. The focus group discussion pertained to the participants' experiences with predominantly Black student groups and other student groups on campus and how those experiences relate to the development of soft skills such as interpersonal and communication. Utilizing the data collected from the focus group, I offered an analysis of the relationship between Black student organizations and the soft skills Black males develop while enrolled in college at a predominantly White institution. The analysis of this study provided the foundation for recommendations in the areas of student affairs practice and support for Black male college students.