Tapping into the assets of first-generation students during times of transition

Information and Learning Sciences / June 2020

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This paper presents research on the assets of first-gen students and offers asset-based practices that can be implemented to support students during emergency transitions. This paper reviews the literature related to first-generation college students and cultural wealth and then details practices for implementation by librarians working to enhance the transition to online learning for this student group. The author identified in the literature six assets of first-generation college students: reflexivity, optimism, academic resilience, goal-orientation, civic-mindedness and proactivity. These assets coupled with Yosso’s concept of community cultural wealth provide a frame of reference for examining and implementing services and programs to enhance the educational experience of first-generation college students during emergency transitions.