Publication Date

Fall 12-14-2021

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


The purpose of this study was to examine the impact that current outreach methods utilized by the Associated Students of UC San Diego are having on first-generation students’ engagement and pursuit of leadership opportunities, and ways that the department of Associated Students can adapt their approaches to better encourage participation from this student group. My research question was: How can I create outreach efforts that increase the number of first-generation students seeking student leadership roles? This research led to an enhanced understanding of how the department can connect members of this student group to open roles and opportunities for student leadership within AS UC San Diego, and increase first-generation representation within the department through new recruitment and retention practices. Findings indicated that the importance of first-generation students’ extracurricular learning through student leadership experiences would be served by implementing these recommendations and strengthening the department’s ability to connect with this group of students.