Research Reports on College Transitions Series 5

An Exploration of Intersecting Identities of First-Generation, Low-Income Students

August 2015
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  • Publisher
    National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
  • Published
    17th August 2015
  • ISBN 9781889271972
  • Language English
  • Pages 65 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11"

In January 2014, the White House urged that college be made more accessible for low-income Americans. Moving beyond access to success, however, requires knowing more about the experiences of these students.

This research report captures the challenges low-income, first-generation students face in their collegiate journey, examining the strategies they employ to persist. Organized thematically and using student narrative, the brief report explores the diversity of first-generation students, the intersections of their multiple identities, and their interactions with the institutional agents that affect college success. An Exploration of Intersecting Identities of First-Generation, Low-Income Students also offers practical suggestions for higher education professionals working with this diverse and growing population. 


First-Generation Students: Intersecting Contexts and Identities

Setting the Context: The Focus-Group Study

Betwixt and Between: Visible/Invisible and Different Worlds

Negotiating New Terrains: Perpetual Border Crosser and Burden of Privilege

Finding Footholds: Establishing Voice and Call for Genuine Commitment.

Discussion and Implications


About the Authors

Michael J. Stebleton

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Rashne R. Jehangir

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Veronica Deenanath

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