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

Otherness, Identity, and Belonging in Higher Education

Otherness, Identity, and Belonging in Higher Education

The ideas of otherness, identity, and belonging in higher education help us make sense of the recent campus unrest at universities around the country. Otherness is a social construct that explains majority/minority social identities. Think about social identity as a reflection

Diversity and Difference in the Traditional Culture of Higher Education

Diversity and Difference in the Traditional Culture of Higher Education

Some pundits have interpreted recent campus eruptions at Yale and the University of Missouri as “microaggressions” that push political correctness into hyperdrive through the social media. “Grow up!” seems to be a phrase mentioned again and again. But there is

Filling the Financial Aid Gap

Filling the Financial Aid Gap

Filling the financial aid gap for first generation/low-income college students is one of the major challenges elite colleges and universities face today. Traditional financial aid packages typically cover tuition and room and board. But traditional financial aid packages often do

Students Beware

Students Beware

Imagine if hundreds of thousands of consumers were being exposed to a product that carried with it a 20% chance of serious mental and/or physical harm. Now imagine that the advertising for that product not only carried no warnings whatsoever,

First generation students unlock knowledge

First generation students unlock knowledge

Research on how people learn suggests that low-income and first generation college students excel when they are actively engaged in learning instead of passively listening to lectures.