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If we truly want a level playing field, we must focus on social capital

By Andy Chan & Kristina Francis, The Campus Nearly 80 per cent of current students now say they’re worried about finding any kind of job after graduation, let alone a good job, and two-thirds say university is no longer worth the cost. Those concerns are especially acute among Black and Latinx students and students from […]

LGBTQ Students in College: Fostering Inclusion, Acceptance, and Safety

By Marshall Forstein, M.D. and Gene Beresin, Executive Director, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds This post is one of a four-part series on college student mental health. The other posts in this series are:  College Students of Color: Overcoming Racial Disparities and Discrimination International College Students: Challenges and Solutions The Challenges of First-Generation […]

Opinion: I’m a big advocate of mentorship. Here’s a sample of things I tell college students.

By Inez González Perezchica, The San Diego Union-Tribune Education is the path toward upward social mobility. Yet, it is education plus social class that may determine the type of job a person is able to get after graduating from college. Obtaining a college degree is simply not enough to ensure that first-generation college students are […]

How Mentors Support Young Adults as They Gain Awareness of Societal Inequality and Engage in Social Action

Authors: Lidia Y. Monjaras-Gaytan & Bernadette Sánchez Young people have been at the forefront of many sociopolitical issues — whether they are protesting, getting involved with community organizing, sharing their views on social issues on social media, or simply challenging their friends’ racist opinions. They are demonstrating that at a young age, they are becoming […]

Network As Net Worth: Increasing Access To Social Capital For Young People

By iMentor, Forbes Research shows that anywhere from 70 to 85 percent of jobs are filled through networking. And others are filled before they are even posted. When we talk to young people about career aspirations, we often center that conversation on the academic and professional preparation that entails – the degrees they need, the […]

Facilitating connection to enhance college student well-being: Evaluation of a new experiential group program.

Costello, M. A., Nagel, A. G., Hunt, G. L., Rivens, A. J., Hazelwood, O. A., Pettit, C., & Allen, J. (2022). Facilitating connection to enhance college student well-being: Evaluation of an experiential group program. American Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12601 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Many youths who transition into college have to adapt to […]

What are the benefits and motives of becoming college peer mentors in sports?

Hayman, R., Wharton, K., Bruce-Martin, C., & Allin, L. (2022). Benefits and motives for peer mentoring in higher education: An exploration through the lens of cultural capital. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2022.2057098 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Evidence demonstrates that adapting to academic and social demands are two of the most challenging aspects […]

College students to administrators: Let’s talk about mental health

Covid distress made issues more urgent, but students fed up with inadequate mental health care began fighting for change even before the pandemic        By Laura Pappano, The Hechinger Report MEQUON, Wis. — With the pandemic dragging on, the string of setbacks that recently hit Lucas Regnier, a sophomore at Concordia University Wisconsin, has become […]

What are mentor & mentee perceptions of student-led peer mentoring? New study has answers

Lyon, K. A., Holroyd, H., Malette, N., Greer, K., & Bartolic, S. K. (2022). Owning the conversation: Mentor and mentee perceptions of student-led peer mentoring. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2022.2030187 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although peer mentoring is mutually beneficial for mentors and mentees, many studies assess structured versions of this relationship […]

The Impact of Peer-Mentoring on the Academic Success of Underrepresented College Students

Venegas-Muggli, J. I., Barrientos, C., & Álvarez, F. (2021). The Impact of Peer-Mentoring on the Academic Success of Underrepresented College Students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 1521025121995988.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1521025121995988 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Chilean higher education systems recently started providing opportunities for more formal education. While this helps advance the social […]