A Phenomenological Study of Mentoring Women of Color in the Construction Industry

A Phenomenological Study of Mentoring Women of Color in the Construction Industry

Author: 
Serena Parker
Program of study: 
D.M.
Abstract: 
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological research was to investigate the mentoring and career development experiences of women of color working in the construction industry. The research study analysis utilized NVivo 9© software and identified eight common themes in the data. Based on the 25 women of color construction workers interviewed, the findings revealed: (a) the influence of a mentor, (b) work ethic and determination, (c) overcoming barriers working in the construction industry as a woman of color, (d) career journey, (e) unfair working conditions, (f) career choice, (g) career options and advancement, and (h) perception in the workplace. The implications of the study suggest that social changes among construction leaders of racial inequalities and gender are needed in the industry to reduce workplace discrimination and to cultivate a more conducive environment to promote women of color in the construction industry. Future study of developing organized mentorship opportunities should be devised and implemented for each skill phase for female construction workers. The mentoring programs could give women of color more access to union leadership positions to be in positon to be at the table to make decisions that impact day-to day activities in the field.
Dedication: 
This dissertation is dedicated to my husband (Walter), daughter (Jasmyn), family, friends, and co-workers. This group prayed me through and never allowed me to give up. After several years of hard work and dedication to my studies, I can finally branch into the next phase of my life. I never dreamed that I could have made it this far, but thank God I did!
Acknowledgements: 
I wish to acknowledge the extraordinary team of people who have encouraged and supported me throughout this doctoral journey. This dissertation was made possible by the support and dedication of my committee. To my mentor, Dr. Rochelle Holland, committee member Nancy Kennedy, and committee member Efthmia Christie thanks for your wisdom and inspiration. Special thanks to Dr. Hersi, my personal mentor. Thank you for believing in me and providing me with words of encouragement. To my husband (Walter) for his unlimited patience, understanding, and listening ear all filled with love. To my daughter (Jasmyn), thank you for your understanding and support in the continuation of my educational journey. My final thanks to my family, friends and co-workers for standing by me and supporting me throughout this journey.