Biculturalism, Code-Switching, and Shifting: The Experiences of Black Women in a Predominately White Environment
Double-consciousness--the sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others--articulated by W.E.B. DuBois continues to shape the development and presentation of the Black woman's identity.
International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.9-16.
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Carol Parker Terhune, J.D., Ph.D., is a Diversity Consultant and Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Parker Terhune specializes in diversity development, group facilitation, organizational and workgroup development, and mediation. She teaches leadership, organizational barriers to diversity, and social inequality in healthcare in the MPH program at OHSU. Dr. Parker Terhune, a certified mediator, practiced employment discrimination and labor law and worked as Assistant Counsel with the National Treasury Employees Union and the Oregon Nurses Association. She holds a bachelors degree in Organizational Communication from Loyola University of Chicago, doctorate degree in Jurisprudence from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Masters degrees in Organizational and Human Development from Fielding Graduate University, has trained in the sociotechnical systems theory developed in the Tavistock model with A.K. Rice Institute, and recently completed her doctoral studies in Human and Organizational Systems with Fielding. Dr. Parker Terhune’s current interest and research is in racial identity, racial socialization, Black feminism, and overcoming systems of oppression. Specifically, she is examining the affect of living in a predominately White environment on the health, professional, and psychological well being of Black women. Recent publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Nursing Education and the Journal of Diversity and Social Justice and been accepted in the Journal of Cultural Diversity.
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