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

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

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

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

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