Explores the challenges of first-generation students and faculty and offers practical tools for navigating the halls of the academy.
One of the most significant achievements in US higher education during the latter half of the twentieth century was the increasing access enjoyed by historically marginalized populations, including women, people of color, and the poor and working class. With this achievement, however, has come a growing population of first generation students, including first-generation graduate students and faculty members, who struggle at times to navigate unfamiliar territory. This book offers insight into the challenges of first-generation status, as well as practical tools for navigating the halls of the academy for both academics and their institutional allies.
Alecea Ritter Standlee is assistant professor of sociology at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.