The Role of Fatigue Management in Achieving Resilience for Underrepresented Minorities

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Jorge L. D. Albelo
Nikki M. O'Toole
Flavio A. C. Mendonca


Aviation education and professional flight training present unique stressors to college students, such as mental, physical, and time management demands and the extensive financial burden. These stressors, on top of an already challenging college environment, can create a source of fatigue for students if not managed appropriately. As aviation education institutions continue to make progress in recruiting and retaining students from underrepresented minority groups using various tools and resources, it is crucial to recognize that underrepresented students face additional sources of fatigue that contribute to their attrition. For example, racial identity, cultural fatigue, and imposter syndrome can manifest in the daily life of a student in the form of microaggressions or biases. It is critically important to recognize these as sources of fatigue and find ways to address them holistically.

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