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A System of Othermothering: Student Affairs Administrators' Perceptions of Relationships with Students at Historically Black Colleges

Joan B. Hirt, Catherine T. Amelink, Belinda B. McFeeters and Terrell L. Strayhorn

This study analyzed data gathered from interviews with professionals at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to examine the nature of relationships student affairs administrators form with students. The data were interpreted through the guardianship conceptual framework found in African American feminist literature. Results reveal how the notion of “othermothering” permeates relationships at HBCUs and the considerable importance attached to those formed between students and student affairs administrators. Relationships serve as a primary means to facilitate student retention at HBCUs and ensure the continued existence of a unique type of institution.

Published Online: 2008-8-5

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