Publication Date

Spring 5-8-2024

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


Research has shown a need to support graduate students with intersecting identities (e.g., first generation, underrepresented). Further, there is little research on the transition of McNair students to graduate school. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to learn about how McNair students at the University of San Diego (USD) can navigate graduate school preparation with the support of Graduate Student Life (GSL). The research questions that guided this project were: (1) How can I collaborate with GSL to enhance support for USD McNair Scholars as they transition to graduate school? and (2) How can GSL support McNair Scholars’ sense of belonging when they transition to graduate school? I applied three cycles that included qualitative semi structured interviews, art project reflections, and participants created graduate school questions together. My findings indicate McNair students found a sense of belonging on campus, and they expressed anxiety about their future and career decisions.

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