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

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

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

The Empathy Gap

The Empathy Gap

From the halls of Congress to the halls of our local schools, people tend to interact only with those who are just like them. They rarely understand issues from other points of view because they rarely spend any time with

First Generation Students Find Their Voice

First Generation Students Find Their Voice

This is a very exciting time to be a first generation college student! Today’s first gens are connecting, sharing ideas and advocating for themselves as a distinct group. In a three-part blog series on first generation students, I will explore