Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Colette Taylor

Second Advisor

Kimberly Harden

Third Advisor

Edwina Welch


The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological research study was to understand the workplace experiences of African/African diaspora/African American/Black (A/Ad/AA/B) women employed with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) responsibilities in the California community college system during a time of new equity funding and contemporary social injustice movements: #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #Black Lives Matter. The intent was to document the professional experiences of these Black women, how social injustice was impacting their work, and what factors, if any, were assisting in their navigation of these turbulent times. The research study investigated the extent to which aspects of their community cultural wealth assisted in their handling of simultaneously occurring multiple forms of societal oppressions. This research hopes to gain an understanding of what helps these professionals to address uncertainty and what adaptive leadership capacities equip them to handle inequity and injustice in their workplaces.