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"A Community Built Just for Me": Black Undergraduate Men Bridging Gaps to Community Cultural Wealth


Author(s): McGowan, B. L., & Pérez II, D.

Citation: McGowan, B. L., & Pérez II, D. (2020). "A Community Built Just for Me": Black Undergraduate Men Bridging Gaps to Community Cultural Wealth. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 31(1), 43-57.

 

Abstract

Summer bridge programs are cited as a beneficial precursor for historically underrepresented students who are transitioning from high school to college. Using Yosso’s (2005) community cultural wealth framework, this exploratory study examined how 11 Black undergraduate men gained familial, navigational, and aspirational capital through their men’s peer networks during and after their time in a summer bridge program at a historically White institution. Findings highlight the different ways this study’s participants sustained bridges to capital and how they created bridges to cultural wealth as a strategy to persist in college. The findings from this study have implications for college access and precollege programs.

 

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