WCSA Steering Committee member Colby King, along with colleagues Jakari Griffith and Meghan Murphy, recently published an article in Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University describing outreach efforts in support of first-generation and working class college students at Bridgewater State University (BSU), a state comprehensive university where a majority of students come from first-generation or working class backgrounds. The article describes programming organized by Class Beyond the Classroom (CBtC), a faculty and staff group at BSU, in which CBtC members share their stories about going to college as a first-generation and/or working class college student. The article discusses how these events validate first-generation and working class students, encourage students’ sense of belonging, and supports the success of all students by fostering their development of social, cultural, and psychological forms of capital.
Lynn Arner, a WCSA member and Associate Professor in the Department of English at Brock University, was interviewed by James M. Van Wyck about her work studying how class backgrounds and gender shape the careers of English professors. The interview was published today by Inside Higher Ed.
In the article, Van Wyck writes that, “Arner’s work complements a growing body of research examining the clunky apparatuses by which higher education seeks to diversify the professoriate.” Read more here.