Caught Between Two Worlds: How First Generation College Students Navigate the Campus Setting

  • Samantha Hirschman (Iowa State University)


College access for first generation students of color has been inequitable for decades. First generation students are more likely to be Hispanic or Latinx and come from a low-socioeconomic background. A significant challenge for first generation students of color is sense of belonging. Sense of belonging for this group has been described as caught between worlds - the world they know and grew up in and the world of academia. They may find themselves balancing their home world with their new and possibly feeling caught between these different cultures. Basing the presentation on theory and literature, we will offer a space for first generation students to explore their own experiences. As a first generation student, I hope to give my audience an insight to how to support this population.

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Published on
28 Feb 2019