- Person First, Student Second: Staff and Administrators of Color Supporting Students of Color Authentically in Higher Education
- Journal of College Student Development
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Volume 58, Number 1, January 2017
- pp. 37-52
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In this qualitative study I explored the mentoring roles of staff and administrators for first-generation Black, Latinx, and Biracial students. Social reproduction theory (which assesses how inequality is perpetuated or disrupted generationally) was used to analyze social capital cultivated by mentors. Staff of Color nurtured the capital that students brought with them to college, and because of this students often turned to the staff for other forms of support, which opened the door for acquisition of cultural capital. White staff focused almost exclusively on students’ academic experiences, neglecting their backgrounds. Supporting students holistically and valuing their backgrounds establish authentic relationships that support students’ success.