Scholarship of belonging

Scholarship of belonging

The blogs you read on the Knowledge Without Borders website on diversity, including those about first-generation and low-income students, are often about cultivating a sense of belonging. Too many low-income students from diverse social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds feel like

Social tribes

Social tribes

While reading Sebastian Junger’s recent book, Tribe, I could not help but think about first generation college students and the boost of belonging to social tribes. A New York Times book review encapsulates Junger’s argument: Modern civilization may be swell, giving us

Life changing experience

Life changing experience

How do you explain a life changing experience in a far away country with family members who have never left the community in which they were born? And how do you even get to that far away country when your

What if bureaucrats used design thinking?

What if bureaucrats used design thinking?

Design thinking has the potential to address the most pressing problems in American education today: access and equity. Whether we are talking about the benefits of a firm foundation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) among high school students

Ask a First Generation Student: Diversity and Study Abroad

Ask a First Generation Student: Diversity and Study Abroad

Government agencies and study abroad organizations have struggled with how to diversify the socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic makeup of college students who study abroad. According to the Institute of International Education, 304,000 students from U.S. higher education institutions studied abroad

Design Thinking and Storytelling

Design Thinking and Storytelling

Design thinking is a methodology for solving problems that focuses on asking questions and listening, with empathy, to the needs of individuals and groups. Storytelling is an “essential human activity” for sharing experiences, explaining values, and deciding on solutions through vivid verbal

Narratives and Low-Income Millennials

Narratives and Low-Income Millennials

There are multiple narratives for low-income millennials. The college matriculation-to-graduation narrative is not a common one among most working class young people. In fact, low-income students are a rarity on most four-year campuses, especially at the most competitive colleges. A

Creative output combines hard work with being in the moment

Creative output combines hard work with being in the moment

My friend, Ed, met Michael Jackson in 1989 when the King of Pop visited a school in Harlem. As part of his visit, Jackson took a group of kids out to dinner and to the Big Apple Circus. Ed, who was working

The Positive Impact of Study Abroad

The Positive Impact of Study Abroad

The second 1vyG conference at Harvard University on February 19-21 included a session on the positive impact of study abroad for first generation/low-income students. It’s about time! There have always been anecdotes touting the benefits of study abroad experiences for diverse

Changing the narrative through empathy

Changing the narrative through empathy

Empathy can change an older cancer patient’s perspective on death and dying. In fact, it can change the narrative of a patient’s life, leaving a legacy of purpose and meaning. A couple of days ago I met with geriatric clinicians