Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Luchara Wallace, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Douglas Davidson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Wanda Hadley, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

June Gothberg, Ph.D.


Black man, blindness, disability, poverty, visual impairment


The following study seeks to answer this research question: What is the lived experience of college graduates who are Black men, born into poverty, and living with a visual impairment? The researcher has used intersectionality as an aspect of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to conceptualize the research question and develop an interview protocol.

The researcher has conducted in-depth interviews for this qualitative inquiry, resulting in a narrative study. Purposeful sampling was implemented to identify three participants who fit the criteria of being a Black man, born into poverty, and living with a visual impairment. Data was reorganized to tell the story in chronological order, as suggested by Creswell and Poth (2018), yielding a story with a beginning, middle, and end. The final product is an analysis of the participants’ lived experience, one that they helped the researcher to shape. In the end, the researcher identifies themes that were a part of all the participants’ lives. With this data, we can learn to be more resilient learners ourselves.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access