Small change can make the difference for first-generation students

Small change can make the difference for first-generation students

A new project addresses the financial challenges faced by first-generation low-income students by providing access to small-dollar grants for items such as books, food, and clothing. Yes, you read it correctly. The systemic lack of funds for the small purchases

Refugee students cherish US education and freedom

Refugee students cherish US education and freedom

Refugee students arriving from countries around the world still retain their hope in the freedom offered in the United States, despite President Trump’s anti-immigrant sentiments. Here are some opinions of refugee students in New York City preparing to enter  public

U.S. Data about Women in STEM

U.S. Data about Women in STEM

Advancements in science and technology generate more jobs in STEM fields every day. But what about women in STEM? First, let’s look at STEM fields in general. According to a 2011 U.S. Department of Commerce research report, STEM occupations are projected

Knowledge Without Borders Study Abroad Scholarships

Knowledge Without Borders Study Abroad Scholarships

Knowledge Without Borders™ recently selected first-generation college students participating in the Minnesota SPAN (Student Project for Amity among Nations) Association as recepients of the Knowledge Without Borders™ Study Abroad Scholarship. SPAN is a study abroad association that has been sending

Immigrants, Women, and STEM

Immigrants, Women, and STEM

Immigrants play an increasingly important role in global STEM education and employment. The United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, is the number one destination of global STEM talent. Most immigrants coming to the United States are

What first-generation college students can teach us in 2017

What first-generation college students can teach us in 2017

In the weeks leading up to the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017, the United States remains divided. Citizens reside in discrete ideological silos, rarely talking with each other. The lack of conversation can be particularly acute

Lifelong learning: Nostalgia in the World Today

Lifelong learning: Nostalgia in the World Today

Lifelong learning about the world began with my study abroad experiences in Prague and Moscow as a college student. Ever since those defining moments so many years ago, I relish any opportunity to travel and immerse myself in world cultures.

Middle Class Joe and Empathy

Middle Class Joe and Empathy

In his speech at the Democratic Convention in July 2016, Vice President Joe Biden explained why he is called “Middle Class Joe” in Washington, DC. He said “It means you’re not sophisticated.” Not sophisticated in the opinion of some perhaps, but

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