I'm not who you think I am: the intersectional collegiate experiences of Indian American women



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Indian Americans constitute one of the most academically and economically successful ethnic groups in the United States, however, their higher education experiences have been understudied in recent literature. When their experiences are studied, the data is most often included with data pertaining Asian Americans Pacific Islander Americans (AAPIA) as a whole. When the data is not disaggregated, it postulates that AAPIA’s are highly satisfied with their college experience, which is not always the case. The aim of this study was to understand the ways in which Indian American women experience college toward the path of graduation. Specifically, this study aimed to highlight the college experiences of Indian and Indian American women regarding the intersection of their racial/ethnic and gendered identities. This study also includes recommendations for colleges to consider when working with diverse students and recommendations for future research.