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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ed.D. in Education



First Advisor

Amy E. Wells Dolan

Second Advisor

Katrina Caldwell

Third Advisor

Donald Cole

Relational Format



This dissertation reports on a qualitative analysis of the mentoring experiences of 22 successful Black males at the University of Mississippi. Several theories were used to frame the analysis. Bozeman and Feeney’s (2007) mentoring conceptualization helps to exact an operational definition for mentoring for the analysis. Theories describing the competition between the political interests which shape educational environments (Labaree, 1997) and student motivations to persist to graduation (Tinto, 2016) help to contextualize the barriers to success students encounter in college. Crisp and Cruz’s (2009) college mentoring theory helps to consider the potential for mentoring to support student success in college. Finally, Cross’ (1995) Nigrescence theory, Robinson and Howard-Hamilton’s (1994) Afrocentric Resistance model, and Bandura’s theory on self-efficacy (1994) scaffold the analysis of how identity affects Black males’ mentoring relationships and experiences.

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