Shandell Maxwell, Ph.D. is a 2021 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Shandell Maxwell at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Chair, Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts, Committee Member, Dr. Margaret Moodian, Committee Member, Dr. Carol Baron, Committee Member
- Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Carol Baron, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Laura Morgan Roberts, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Margaret Moodian, Ed.D., Committee Member
This case study explored and developed the religious racial socialization (RRS) approach of a Black Baptist pastor in Orange County, California. The aim was to assess how the pastor’s direct messages about race influenced and transformed members’ racial and social views and actions and examined the message alignment between what the pastor said and what church members and the leadership team heard. This study took a multimethod exploratory approach, examining multiple sources of data gathered from a Likert scale members’ survey, leadership team interviews, and archival materials. To support triangulation of the data, a word query and emergent thematic analysis was conducted on all qualitative data and a descriptive analysis based on closed-ended questions from the member survey. Results indicated that members perceived the pastor as a Coach when talking about racial and social justice matters and an Inclusive Leader because of his encouragement to love everyone. Additionally, archival findings revealed the church culture as Righteous because of the pastor and members’ desire for morality and justice. Moreover, findings suggest that a Pastor who coaches and educates on racial matters, and advocates for justice in and outside of the church, is progressive and effective in transforming how members respond to racism and social injustice. The study provides examples on how to approach and manage racial discussions in the church, how to create an inclusive environment where diverse groups feel safe to talk about race, and how to prepare for and manage cultural change. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/ and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/
Maxwell, S. S. (2021). Religious Racial Socialization: The Approach of a Black Pastor at an Historic Black Baptist Church in Orange County, California. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/620