Campus Units

Education, School of

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

5-2019

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Applied Research in the Community College

Volume

26

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

14

Abstract

This phenomenological, qualitative study explored how Latino men at community colleges made sense of their campus environments and how those experiences influenced the college-going process. Using Harris and Wood's (2013, 2014) socio-ecological outcomes (SEO) model, this study included the perspectives of 130 Latino men who participated in focus groups at seven community colleges in the southwestern United States. The study found that professors, academic advisors, and peers played an important role in creating an environment that validated and fostered a sense of belonging. In addition, the study found that Latino men had difficulty accessing resources. Latino men expressed concern regarding transferring to a university and how that transition might influence access to resources. Findings suggest that Latino men may benefit from a sense of belonging and feelings of validation uniquely fostered by community college environments. Results also underscore gender and cultural norms for navigating resources and the transfer process.

Comments

This article is published as Rodriguezs, Sarah, Alec Jordan, Erin Doran, and Victor Sáenz. "Latino men & community college environments: Understanding how belonging, validation, and resources shape experience." Journal of Applied Research in the Community College 26, no. 1 (2019): 1-14. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Rodriguez, Jordan, Doran, & Sáenz

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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