Ed.D. Doctor of Education
Educational Services & Leadership
College of Education
Monica Reid Kerrigan, Ed.D.
Committee Member 1
Ane Johnson, Ph.D.
Committee Member 2
Kri Burkander, Ph.D.
Latinx undergraduates, summer bridge programs
First generation college students
The purpose of this research study was to explore self-authorship theory through the insights and experiences of first-generation Latinx undergraduate students who completed a summer bridge program. This qualitative critical single case study focused on participants' unique experiences during a state-funded summer bridge program at a public 4-year institution in New Jersey. This study found how participants summer experiences offered students the opportunity to begin to question, rethink, and reshape their own beliefs, values, or knowledge. Findings from this study suggest that students' experiences during the summer elicited a form of dissonance that helped them develop confidence, empathy, college culture awareness, and exposure to the diversity of other people. Furthermore, the research findings identified different experiences before college that demonstrated self-authoring ways. Hence, the participants' experiences during the summer bridge program contributed to their self-authorship process. This study provides higher education leaders insight into how different experiences during a summer bridge program contribute to the developmental needs of first-generation Latinx undergraduates.
Delgado, Alexis Manuel, "EXPLORING SELF-AUTHORSHIP DEVELOPMENT AMONG FIRST-GENERATION LATINX COLLEGE UNDERGRADUATES WHO PARTICIPATE IN A SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 3098.