Author Information

Erica Devonish
Amanda Meritus


This study sought to better understand the challenges of relationship formation as perceived by black, female students at Bridgewater State University (BSU). In particular, the study sought to understand what specific challenges black women at BSU experience in forming relationships with professors and with their peers in friendships and romantic relationships; whether these challenges have changed over time; and whether these challenges are similar to or different from those faced by the subjects other researchers have studied. The research will be useful to students, faculty, and the administrators at BSU and can be used to inform these groups about the experiences of black female students. This research also aims to make black female students feel more comfortable to form relationships in a college setting.

Note on the Author

Erica Devonish is a senior majoring in both English and Communication Studies. Her goal is to pursue a master’s degree in Writing Studies and to become a screenwriter. Amanda Meritus is a senior majoring in Health Studies and minoring in Psychology. Amanda’s goal is to earn a master’s degree and become an Occupational Therapist. Their collaborative research was completed during the summer of 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. Emily Field (English Department and African American Studies Program) and made possible by the Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research summer grant.

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