Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

First Advisor

Audrey Falk


Women of color (WOC) are underrepresented in leadership roles within the fields of higher education and the nonprofit sector. The purpose of this study is to learn about the experiences of WOC who have achieved leadership roles in their professional fields. The collective experiences of women of color leaders will inform best practices for WOC who are pursuing professional leadership roles or professional mobility. These best practices will be beneficial for WOC, as well as employers who have the power to create a culture which supports the leadership of diverse WOC. It is essential for their leadership to inform best practices within these institutions since nonprofits serve communities of color and higher education institutions can support the advancement of communities of color through education leading to sustainable employment.