The Importance of Networking and Supportive Staff for Latina/o First-Generation Students and their Families as they Transition to Higher Education

Lisceth Brazil-Cruz, Siria S. Martinez

Abstract


Using qualitative research methods, this study sought to contextualize the ways resources for first-generation college students work in isolation rather than in partnership. Based on in-depth iterative interviews with Latina/o students and parents, this study aimed to capture how participants’ experiences influenced their opportunities to pursue a college education. Using a Community Cultural Wealth framework, we sought to identify and understand the mechanisms through which to better support Latina/o first-generation students as they transition to college. Findings suggest the need to expose youth to college culture early in their academic trajectories and continue to build on their knowledge base every year throughout their college career.

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