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Amechi examines experiences of ‘black male foster care alumni in higher education’

December 30, 2016

The Journal of African American Males in Education recently published a paper from UW-Madison’s Mauriell Amechi that explores the college pathways and experiences of four black males who grew up in foster care.

Mauriell Amechi
The study is titled, “ ‘There’s no autonomy’: Narratives of Self-Authorship from Black Male Foster Care Alumni in Higher Education” and the report appeared in the Fall 2016 issue.

Amechi is a Ph.D. student with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Amechi used in-depth interviews with the four men to examine how “challenging experiences and adverse environmental conditions in the foster care system shaped their self-defined college goals. This study confirms how dissonant experiences, or developmental crises that challenged students’ current ways of knowing and conceptions of self, enhanced self-authorship development, and ultimately their success in college. Recommendations for student affairs practice and policy are provided as they relate to recruitment and retention efforts.”