First-Generation Latina Testimonios: Navigating a Predominantly White Institution and Achieving Academic Success
Action research project: Open access
MA Higher Education Leadership
The purpose of my research was to understand the experiences of Latina first-generation college students at the University of San Diego, a predominantly White institution. Six Latinas participated in a series of group platicas to share testimonios with one another and build community. One research question that guided this study was: “How can the self-efficacy, sense of belonging, and academic achievement of first-generation Latina students be enhanced in a predominantly White institution?” Findings suggested participants’ negative experiences with faculty and White classmates impacted their sense of belonging and academic self-efficacy. Most participants worried how they will continue to finance college and struggled to find academic and financial resources. Recommendations include having a physical space first-generation students can access and find resources, additional cultural sensitivity training for students, and mentorship training for faculty advisors.
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Correa, Nancy, "First-Generation Latina Testimonios: Navigating a Predominantly White Institution and Achieving Academic Success" (2023). M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects. 125.
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