Date Approved

1-12-2022

Embargo Period

7-13-2022

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

Advisor

Ane Turner Johnson, Ph.D.

Committee Member 1

Monica Reid Kerrigan, Ed.D.

Committee Member 2

Cecile H. Sam, Ph.D.

Keywords

Community College Leadership, Asian Americans, Immigrant Asians

Subject(s)

Community colleges--Administration; Asian American women

Disciplines

Community College Leadership

Abstract

Asian American and immigrant Asian women are working within higher education, but few hold upper leadership positions within the community college sector. Limited research has been conducted regarding Asian American and immigrant Asian women in these leadership positions. The purpose of this qualitative, heuristic, phenomenological study was to understand the lived experiences of Asian American and immigrant Asian women in community college leadership. Specifically, this study sought to describe the lived intersectional experiences of race and gender, assignment of the model minority myth, and experiences with racialized discourses. Five themes emerged that captured the living experiences of Asian American and immigrant Asian women in community college leadership: (1) visibility and taking up space as an Asian woman, (2) defiance and using the Asian woman voice, (3) authenticity and courage in defying Asian woman leader stereotypes, (4) community and support, and (5) self-awareness as an Asian woman and perception.

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