Stephen Grey

Date of Award

January 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counseling Psychology & Community Services

First Advisor

Tamba-Kuii Bailey


As engagement in activism continues to increase on campus and nationally, a paucity of research exists on the experiences of Black student activists attending PWI and their well-being. Narrative inquiry was utilized in this study to better understand the lived experiences of two Black student activists. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with both participants to gain in-depth narratives of their experiences engaging in activism on PWIs. A narrative thematic approach was used to analyze the results. The findings suggested that the Black student participants experienced benefits (increased sense of belonging and racial cohesion) and consequences (activist burnout and decreased academic performance) related to their engagement in activism on PWIs. This study assisted in developing a deeper understanding of how Black students’ engagement in activism on PWIs impacts their well-being. Implications for practitioners include increasing awareness of the potential detrimental effects that Black students experience while attending PWIs, especially when engaging in activism. Future research is needed to explore potential gender differences for Black student activists and their well-being on PWIs.