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

Paper: 978 1 889271 97 2 / $20.00
Published: August 2015

65 pp., 8 1/2" x 11"
Series: Research Reports on College Transitions 5
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. 

Table of Contents:

Introduction

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

References

About the Authors


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