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Giants Among Us: First-Generation College Graduates Who Lead Activist Lives / Edition 1
     

Giants Among Us: First-Generation College Graduates Who Lead Activist Lives / Edition 1

by Sandria Rodriguez
 

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ISBN-10: 0826513921

ISBN-13: 2900826513921

Pub. Date: 02/08/2001

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press


How do children from undereducated and impoverished backgrounds get to college? What are the influences that lead them to overcome their socioeconomic disadvantages and sometimes the disapproval of families and friends to succeed in college? These are the basic questions Sandria Rodriguez posed to seventeen first-generation college graduates, and their compelling

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How do children from undereducated and impoverished backgrounds get to college? What are the influences that lead them to overcome their socioeconomic disadvantages and sometimes the disapproval of families and friends to succeed in college? These are the basic questions Sandria Rodriguez posed to seventeen first-generation college graduates, and their compelling life stories make important contributions to what little is known about this phenomenon.

The daughter of parents who didn't finish elementary school, Rodriguez uses many examples from her own life in the course of examining the participants' experiences before, during, and after college that directed them toward social or educational activism. Together, the seventeen represent a wide range of diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, geographical area of childhood, and profession. Twelve of the seventeen hold advanced degrees, all are working professionals, and all come from families who were poor. Jerry, the son of German immigrants, owns an engineering company in Chicago; Chang, a native of China, is the first from his village to go to college; Grant, a sharecropper's son, is a lawyer with a nationally prominent law firm in Washington, D.C., and patron of fine arts; Arlene, a Mohawk Indian, is a storyteller and social activist; Alex, from Spanish Harlem, is an elementary school principal.

The book is divided into four parts. In the first two chapters, we meet the participants. In the three chapters that follow, Rodriguez examines how the participants as children perceived themselves within their families, schools, and communities. Chapters four and five focus on the campus life and the participants' activist experiences. Finally, chapter six offers recommendations for mentoring disadvantaged children, so that they can successfully "switch the track" and aim for something better.

Giants Among Us is an essential resource for college administrators, faculty, counselors, and student support-services staff--as well as K-12 educators--concerned with preparing, retaining and mentoring first-generation students.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900826513921
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date:
02/08/2001
Series:
Vanderbilt Issues in Higher Education
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
280

Table of Contents


Preface
Acknowledgments

1 Freedom's Genesis
Motivation, Means, and Method: Studying Educational Attainment
2 The Economics of Oppression
In Their Words: Stories of First-Generation College-Graduate Activists
3 Building a Rock Foundation
Family, School, Community: Vehicles to Realized Potential
4 One Heart, One Love
Access, Success, Egress: The Collegiate Experience
5 My Job Description
Paying Back: A Sampler
6 Eyes Ahead of Us and Eyes Behind
In Pursuit of Happiness

References
Index

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