Join Two OCCRL Brownbag Talks on Transitioning from Rural Community Colleges and Understanding STEM Pathways at Hispanic-“Serving” Community Colleges

Event Type: OCCRL

Speaker Information: Marci Rockey, HyeJin Tina Yeo, Angel Velez, Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, and Heather Fox

Navigating the Transition from a Rural Community College to a Public Research Intensive Institution

Speaker: Marci Rockey

The transfer pathway has been identified as critical for rural youth aspiring to complete a baccalaureate degree (Byun, Meece, & Agger, 2017) especially with a growing gap in college completion between rural and urban populations (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2017). This phenomenological study sought to understand the lived preparation and integration experiences of five students transferring from a rural community college to a selective, public research-intensive institution. Findings demonstrate that this trajectory is not clearly defined with students overcoming deficit mindsets along the way.

The brownbag will include an approximately 30 minute presentation followed by conversation on the topic.

The Politics of Institutional Identity: Understanding STEM Pathways at a Hispanic-“Serving” Community College

Speakers: HyeJin Tina Yeo, Angel Velez, Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, and Heather Fox

The role of Hispanic-serving community colleges (HSCCs) has been overlooked since research on Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) has centered on four-year colleges and universities. In this brownbag talk, we will share preliminary findings of a mixed method, National Science Foundation-funded study that explores students of color who are transitioning to and through the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in HSCCs. Specifically, this presentation will focus on what factors serve as support systems and challenges for fostering pathways through STEM education in HSCCs.

Join us for a thoughtful discussion and please bring your questions.

Cost: Free