Student Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Summer 8-18-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program of Study

Communication - Corporate Communication



First Advisor

Rianne Subijanto

Second Advisor

Allison Hahn


This research investigates racial microaggressions against Black American women in the workforce. In addition, this study explores how racial discrimination on the job continues to be problematic for Black American women despite the long fight for racial equality in the past decades. It is common knowledge that all women, in general, must still fight for equal opportunities in the workforce; however, for this research, we will focus on Black American women. Based on survey statistics from this study, with 103 respondents of diverse nationalities, this research results show an uneven distinction in how corporations treat Black American women in the workforce. In addition, interviews conducted for this thesis show that Black women representing a diverse age range dealt with prejudice treatments and share analogous microaggression on their jobs. Therefore, the purpose of this report is to encourage more communication between employers and employees to find answers to the issue of racial microaggression in the office, and to discover coping strategies to help Black women deal with discrimination. Thus, this research aims to outline the problems of racial microaggressions against Black American women in the workforce.


First and foremost, I am incredibly grateful to my two wonderful professors, adviser Dr. Riannie Subijanto, and reader Dr. Allison Hahn for their invaluable advice. I appreciate their continuous support, patience in assisting me with my thesis and earning my MA in Corporate Communications. Their immense knowledge and great experience have encouraged me in my academic research and daily life. I would also like to thank Dr. Minna Logemann for her encouragement this past year and for leading me to the right people for advice.

Furthermore, it has been my honor to attend the Baruch College Weissman Graduate Program. Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to my parents for constantly pushing me to go higher, my wonderful husband Robert J. Thomas Sr., and my four children. Without their tremendous understanding and encouragement in the past few years, it would be impossible to complete my study.


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