Within this study, we explored the dating and hooking up experiences of Black women interested in dating men while attending predominantly White institutions. Using a phenomenological approach, we investigated how participants’ dating and hooking up experiences influenced their college experiences. We used intersectionality, thriving, and belongingness to theoretically frame the study. Five themes emerged: defining dating and hooking up, the value of education, Black women’s wants, Black women’s experiences, and men’s expectations. We close with implications for practice and recommendations for future research.


Black women, dating, hooking up, intersectionality, phenomenology, thriving, belonging

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Patricia P. Carver, Ph.D., CPA, is assistant professor of business in the Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Donald “DJ” Mitchell, Jr., Ph.D., is vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at Molloy University in Rockville Centre, New York.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Patricia P. Carver, Rubel School of Business, 2001 Newburg Rd., Louisville, KY 40205. Email: pcarver@bellarmine.edu.

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