M.A. Higher Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Stephanie Lezotte, Ph.D.
Committee Member 1
Tyrone McCombs, Ph.D.
Committee Member 2
Andrew Tinnin, Ed.D.
First-Gen Latina, First-Generation College Student, Latina, Latina Mental Health, Low-Income, Sense of Belonging
First-generation college students; Hispanic American college students
The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine the perception of first-generation Latina college students' sense of belonging at a predominately White institution, specifically at Rowan University. Based on the research questions this study identified the experiences of six first-generation Latina college students and their perception of community and belonging at Rowan University. Semi-structured interviews were conducted on all six participants and data was collected using an interview protocol that consisted of nine questions. The following themes were found in the study (1) first-generation Latinas and family, (2) campus involvement, (3) inclusivity and cultural competence, and, (4) faculty and staff representation. These findings are followed by recommendations of practice that consist of (1) increasing the representation of first-generation Latina faculty and staff across the university, (2) increasing cultural competency through intentional educative workshops and practices, (3) increase scholarships and financial assistance for this student population, (4) and develop and fortify support systems for the families of first-generation Latinas.
Martinez, Alondra, "FINDING COMMUNITY AS FIRST-GENERATION LATINA COLLEGE STUDENTS IN A PREDOMINANTLY WHITE INSTITUTION" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 2996.