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1 High Impact and Broad Reach Practices of Inclusion for Underserved and First Generation College Students

2 George J. Sanchez, Ph.D. Professor of History, American Studies & Ethnicity Director, Center for Diversity & Democracy Vice Dean for Diversity & Strategic Initiatives Former Admissions Officer, Res Hall Advisor, Dept. Chair Mellon-Mays, McNair Scholars, Posse Scholars, Ford Foundation Fellows, Curricular transformation, Imagining America 25 years of training racial minority undergraduates & graduates, most of whom are first generation college students

3 University of Southern California L.A. is 50% Latino, in state of CA that is majority minority USC founded in 1880, private, community-focused 37,000 students, 17,500 undergrads, 19,500 grads Dornsife College, Grad School, 17 professional schools USC largest private employer in L.A., located in South Central Los Angeles Student body 14% Latino, 7% African American, 12% International 15% first generation college (45% Latino; 5% White) Faculty 7% Black/Latino/Native, Highest AAU faculty representation Mission statement focusing on Global University

4 Questions to Consider How do we increase the number of first generation college students and Black/Latino/Native students that participate in HIP activity? How do we involve more faculty and staff in targeting Black/Latino/Native and first generation college students for HIP activity deliberately? Which HIP activities produce greater student success with Black/Latino/Native and low income students? What specific HIP approaches are critical to Black/Latino/Native or low income students, and which are good practice for all students? What is the capacity of your institution to involve all students in HIP activity, and if you have to choose which students to target, how and who do you choose?

5 Norman Topping Student Aid Fund Vice Dean responsible for 1 st Gen; Student org who concentrates on 1 st gen – both point to Study Abroad NTSAF: Founded in 1970 by student initiative to make student body less elite $8 applied to every students registration fee Full array of support mechanisms & programming, led by student affairs support staff 110 current Topping Scholars, leaders committed to community service 97% first generation college 50% Latino, 30% African American Many from surrounding USC community

6 America in Japan SEE VIDEO

7 America in Japan Began with research into the academic needs of 1 st generation college students Targeted 1 st 2 years of college to develop interest and excitement, not traditional culmination of intensive language and cultural study Collaboration between student services and USC Dornsife College Start from where students are at: local diversity, seeing Japan in Los Angeles to connect to experiences abroad –Global business, Toyota/Disney, Culture: LA Dodgers, WWII experience Utilized network of USC alumni and academic contacts in Japan Incorporated blogging and reflection for all (window to families) and more intensive research and writing for five students Major goal: Create community of study abroad advocates among 1 st generation college student community – 8 of 13 students abroad again

8 Anthony Grimaldo and Henry Franco in China – May 2011

9 Undergraduate Research at USC Doing this for 25 years: Faculty Member & Dept chair from CA State Dominguez Hills, research volunteer 20 yrs ago at UCLA in Mexican Deportation data SURF: Summer Undergrad Research Fund SOAR: Student Opportunities for Academic Research PWP: Problems Without Passports WiSE: Women in Science & Engineering Undergraduate Research Fund Ronald McNair Research Program for URM and Low Income Students Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Research Program

10 Undergraduate Research in USC College SEE VIDEO

11 Lessons for Research Opportunities for Black/Latino Students Must be pro-active in getting them to see themselves as researchers: Use outreach! [GE course] Combination of group and individual research experiences works best [Topping History] Incorporate into other HIP activity [4 SURF in Japan] Answer the question: What impact does research have on real people? Research as a Career vs. Research to enhance undergraduate education Work collaboratively across several related disciplines for exposure to different pathways, especially for 1 st generation college students Research can be used as entry into disciplines and as capstones to disciplinary fields Good research experiences often drive course selection, methods training, and path to independent inquiry and career choice

12 Diversity Course: Race & Class in Los Angeles General Education Course in Social Issues: Grouped with intensive writing Turning basic Low Impact Practice (lecture) into HIP 250 students in 25 person sections: TA training Identified Black/Latino students for McNair & Mellons Mays programs Introduced them to LA & packed with books taught by USC faculty members Domestica exercise for Global learning/diversity of race, class & gender

13 Service-Learning and Civic Engagement USC has a strong institutional presence in local L.A. community engagement that has lasted over 40 years Joint Educational Project (JEP) founded in 1972 to coordinate efforts, and maintains strong, long-lasting partnerships with community organizations, including schools. Sends 2,200 students into local community each year. 20 years ago, USC made decision to concentrate on schools within 2 mile radius of both campuses to be more focused & effective Almost all Black/Latino/1 st Gen College organizations have civic engagement component & often have strong leaders that have emerged from local community

14 Writing in the Community SEE VIDEO

15 Community Engagement for Community Students Writing in the Community course shows the power of civic engagement and the possibility of enhanced learning for college students – think of the experience if you were once a student in that elementary school Unique experiences when the pathways are close to home; possibilities of tension with other students Rather than simply a college learning exercise, could be a path- breaking experience towards a career choice as teacher or educator Self-reflection critical to process unique experiences Incorporate possibilities of influencing younger children at home in unique ways (Japan blogging) Need pathways to undergraduate research and to more enhanced versions of civic engagement or internships for careers Working across institutional settings (research university and community college) can further enhance meaning of civic engagement projects

16 Layering Effect in First Year Investigation (FYI) Seminar 2010 Pilot program of 1 st yr seminars taught be tenured faculty to introduce them to college Develop culture of liberal education from 1 st week of school for both students and faculty Introduce students to all that college can be (HIPs): presentations by staff and advanced students on study abroad, civic engagement, internships, research Target 1 st generation college students & undecided majors: Going to office hours Use on campus Visions & Voices events: Anna Deveare Smith & Twilight Understanding Los Angeles: Class trips to Olvera Street, Catalina Island & Disneyland

17 The Corrido of Los Angeles SEE VIDEO

18 FYI Expanded: Dornsife Faculty Fellows Now involves 30 tenured faculty across humanities, social sciences & sciences My role to guarantee diverse faculty participation & continued targeting of incoming 1 st generation and Black/Latino students Understanding Los Angeles updated Incorporate current McNair student, Charnan Williams, research on history of Leimert Park with community-based tour

19 Higher education is the source of a river that waters culture and society and has the potential to nourish as it rectifies. From Daryl G. Smith, Diversitys Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work (2009)

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