Diversity & Democracy: Current Issue

Current Issue


Valuing Strengths, Fostering Success

Students from low-income backgrounds come to college with valuable perspectives and strengths, yet they also face daunting challenges—from rising college costs, to family and work responsibilities, to the difficulty of navigating predominantly middle-class norms on campus, to basic needs insecurity. The contributors to this issue of Diversity & Democracy describe their work to honor students’ assets and identify and break down barriers that may stand in the way of their success.

Table of Contents

By Emily Schuster, Association of American Colleges and Universities

Valuing Strengths, Fostering Success
Campus Practice

By Linda Strong-Leek, Chris Green, and Yoli Carter—all of Berea College

By Katie B. Wilson, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (City University of New York)


By Cynthia Lindquist (Ta’sunka Wicahpi Win, Star Horse Woman), Cankdeska Cikana Community College