Toward a nuanced understanding of first-generation students
This study details a new continuum that better captures how students are differentially positioned in social space, and identify three clusters based on their capacity to mobilise capital.
An Initiative Of NASPA and The Suder Foundation
Adam J. Rodriguez / Rowman & Littlefield / February 2023
Thirty-one alumni who were the first in their family to obtain a college degree share their experiences as first-generation students in this noteworthy new text. Their stories illuminate how the struggles of first-generation students are primarily due to a combination of multiple social inequities that are ignored, reinforced, and perpetuated by exclusive college systems. Speaking directly to current and future first-generation students, the authors offer tips and advice for success, along with powerful words of encouragement. Faculty and staff will also benefit from reading this book, as the authors describe a more equitable system in which universities are enriched by the wisdom, experiences, and talents of first-generation students while promoting a generative culture for all learners.