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WSU Access

Date of Award

January 2022

Degree Type


Degree Name



Educational Leadership and Policy

First Advisor

Sarah Lenhoff


This study examined the effects of anti-Blackness and Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF) on the retention rates of Black educators. In this mixed methodological study, a survey was distributed to determine if Black educators experienced racialized challenges more frequently than educators of other races. Educators completed the online survey and of those participants, eight Black educators were interviewed to explain their personal experiences with race and racism in America. Analysis of the survey and interview responses suggest that Black educators experienced RBF in response to racially traumatic occurrences. The inequities that Black educators share through their experiences reveal that there are policies and practices that continuously fail to support Black educators.

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