This study use interviews with black women on a predominately white campus to collect and analyze data, and create narratives about black women’s experiences, communication and interactions in a society where the concept of whiteness is dominant. This study uses data from these interviews to investigate the major concept of black women’s experience such as differing ideals of black women’s beauty, black women and feelings of loneliness and isolation, stereotypes of black women, awkwardness with race issues on a predominantly white campus, and personal expression. This study specifically gives details about how dance can be used as a way of expression and education about black women’s experiences on a predominately white campus. It discusses specific race issues that black women experience on The College of Wooster’s campus, and then works to create a positive and creative ways to discuss race through the use of narratives and dance.


Atay, Ahmet


Communication Studies


African American Studies | Fine Arts | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | International and Intercultural Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Influence and Political Communication


black, women, identity, race, racism, Wooster, college, dance, performance, blackness, whiteness, culture, body image, skin, hair, objectification, interracial relationships

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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