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Undergraduate and Graduate Presentations, Theses, and Dissertations

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#BlackLivesMatter: creating an online discursive structure

The Black Lives Matter movement started in 2013 as a response to the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman. What started out as a hashtag on a social networking site quickly grew into a large offline grassroots movement, with no formal hierarchy and ... more

Parent engagement and community organizing with Latinos: a qualitative grounded theory study of an urban community

This explored parent engagement and community organizing in a Southern California community. The purpose of this exploration was to examine participants’ awareness of how community engagement and school committees affect Latino students in urban schools. Latino students in urban high schools with highly involved parents are more likely to achieve ... more

Gender equality and authenticity: a study of women in IT leadership

This purpose of this dissertation is to understand how women senior leaders in the information technology (IT) industry experience leading with authenticity in the context of a male-dominated work environment. The IT industry has been unsuccessful in attracting and retaining women in leadership positions. For decades, women have faced challenges ... more

Perceptions of knowledge sharing within hybrid learning environments: as iron sharpens iron among graduate students

Knowledge sharing is an important mechanism for strengthening student learning (Petrides & Nodine, 2003), which pertains to the activities or behaviors involving the spread of knowledge between individuals (Jalal, Toulson, & Tweed, 2010) and the willingness of those individuals to share their knowledge with each other (Gibbert & Krause, 2002). ... more

When women win: prominent leadership traits that contributed to the successful election of women in California

This qualitative study identifies prominent leadership traits that contributed to women’s successful election in California. Moreover, this study discovers how intelligence, self-confidence, determination, integrity, and sociability contribute to California women’s success. The research design was a qualitative narrative study. Women elected officials in local, state, and federal legislatures in California were ... more