Graduate Student Dissertations, Theses, Capstones, and Portfolios

Date of Award


Document Type


Granting Institution

Lynn University

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EDD)

Degree Program

Educational Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Suzanne King

Second Advisor

Jennifer Lesh

Third Advisor

Kelly Burlison


The purpose of this study was to study the academic and professional success of African American and Latino Immigrant Males and how to understand how this success can be useful in helping young African American and Latino Immigrant young men attain similar levels of success. This study aimed at learning of any challenges or barriers these young men faced throughout their high school journey. Through individual interviews, the researchers tried to learn about commonalities among the participants in regards to challenges, motivators, and any other factors that helped them achieve the academic success throughout their high school career and that led to them becoming professional members of society. By triangulating the data collected through the individual interviews with survey results, the researchers were able to identify common themes among the participants. The first phase of the study consisted of advertising the study throughout various locations in the Palm Beach County to select a group of participants that met the characteristics needed to participate in this research. The participants had to be African American or Latino Immigrant Males, high school graduation, and currently employed. After the selection of the participants, individual interviews were recorded and transcribed. The second phase of this study, consisted of identifying common themes from the individual interviews to develop a Likert Scale Survey (LSS). The participants were emailed the LSS and given ample time to respond. The LSS results, provided rankings on a scale from 1 to 10 on the themes from least influential (1) to most influential (10). The LSS results, identified role models and positive home environment as two of the most influential aspects throughout their high school journey that played a role in their success. However, other themes not as influential throughout high school for these participants was extracurricular activities, positive school environment, low socioeconomic status, access to high level courses, and self (intrinsic)-motivation.



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