Capitalizing on Interpersonal Thriving: Exploring the Community Cultural Wealth in Latino Undergraduate Men’s Peer Networks
Author(s): Perez II, D., Zamora, B. T., & Pontious, M. W.
Citation: Perez II, D., Zamora, B. T., & Pontious, M. W. (2018). Capitalizing on Interpersonal Thriving: Exploring the Community Cultural Wealth in Latino Undergraduate Men’s Peer Networks. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 30(1), 11-31.
Few studies examine factors that contribute to Latino undergraduate men’s successful transition during college. Using data from The National Study on Latino Male Achievement in Higher Education, this study integrated two asset-based theories—Schreiner’s (2010) thriving quotient and Yosso’s (2005) community cultural wealth framework—to understand how participants experienced interpersonal thriving. Latino undergraduate men shared how they used different forms of capital to cope with microaggressions that diminished their social connectedness. Additionally, participants leveraged social capital they accrued from Latino and non-Latino peer networks to sustain their cultural wealth and to exercise diverse citizenship by supporting other marginalized communities. Implications for research and practice focus on increasing Latino undergraduate men’s success by capitalizing on the knowledge, skills, and resources they possess and use to foster interpersonal thriving.