Theses and Dissertations


Potter, Michael R.

Committee Member

Baker, Leslie

Committee Member

Nukpezah, Julius A.

Committee Member

Rush, Christine L.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Immediate Worldwide Access

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Public Policy and Administration

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Political Science and Public Administration


The comparative study aims to assess the efficacy of grassroots organizations that provide political training programs for Black women to equip them for local office candidacy. An online survey was performed among alums to assess the influence of enrolling in these programs on participants' aspirations to pursue and actively run for local office. The alum survey comprised thirty-four questions to evaluate if Black women had obtained the essential abilities for political candidacy. The poll aims to determine the perceived strengths, problems, and opportunities for Black women participating in political leadership training programs. The surveys aimed to collect important information about the experiences of Black women and results from participating in the political training program and their decision to run for office at the local level after completion of the program. The study emphasized the significance of broadening recruiting efforts to encompass Black women outside current networks. It was suggested that these organizations should work together with other groups to find and involve Black women who are interested in running for public office at the local level. Due to the ever-changing nature of politics and laws, these organizations need tools to help Black women advance to higher positions in political leadership. In conclusion, the dissertation significantly contributes to leadership, gender, and race. This study will highlight the relevance of political leadership training programs created by grassroots organizations to support the ambitions of Black women in politics. It will also underline the need for continuous initiatives to improve efficiency and inclusiveness.