Peer Mentoring and the Importance of Identity Work: A Case Study on Increasing Study Abroad Participation Among African American Students


  • Audrey Murrell University of Pittsburgh



Diversity, equity and inclusion, African Americans, mentoring, disparities, business education


This article presents a longitudinal case study of efforts to increase participation of African American students who study abroad within an undergraduate business program. Based on an initial assessment, programmatic efforts were put into place and the impact measured across a five-year period. Results show that specific program changes that leverage peer mentoring and identity work substantially increased study abroad participation among African American business students. Key aspects of effective and inclusive program design along with the importance of peer-to-peer mentoring and identity work are discussed ln terms of their role in reducing racial disparities in study abroad participation.


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Author Biography

Audrey Murrell, University of Pittsburgh

Audrey J. Murrell, Ph.D., conducts research on mentoring, diversity, ethics and social responsibility, and leadership effectiveness. She is currently Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of numerous research articles and books including: “Mentoring Diverse Leaders: Creating Change for People, Processes and Paradigms” (with Stacy Blake-Beard); More information about her research can be found at:


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How to Cite

Murrell, A. (2022). Peer Mentoring and the Importance of Identity Work: A Case Study on Increasing Study Abroad Participation Among African American Students. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 34(2), 235–256.