Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education, Vol 6, No 1 (2018)

The Bridge Program: Recasting Blackness, Fostering Resilience and Transformative Resistance through Narratives of Success

Beverly-Jean Margaret Daniel


This article presents the results of data based on individual interviews and focus groups conducted with Black students who participated in a post-secondary student retention program called The Bridge. The program was specifically designed to address the needs of Black students and to identify the types of support programming that would enhance their engagement and graduation rates. Three of the themes that emerged from the interviews and focus groups identified the importance of developing differing frames of Blackness, engaging in transformative resistance, and the importance of providing spaces for the students to engage with and explore multiple conceptions of Blackness and narratives of success.


black student success; intentional programming

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