Beyond the Bottom Line: Layoffs Leading to a Reflection on Transformational Resistance
Campus Service Workers Supporting First-Generation Students : Informal Mentorship and Culturally Relevant Support As Key to Student Retention and Success
First-generation college students -- United States -- Social conditions. Universities and colleges -- United States -- Employees -- Social conditions, College dropouts -- United States -- Prevention
This chapter recounts the experiences of two women—higher education scholar practitioners from working class, immigrant family backgrounds—as they navigated supporting essential campus workers who were unexpectedly laid off as a result of COVID-19 budget cuts. The authors initiated a fundraising campaign which led to a ripple effect of campus-wide mobilization and transformational resistance. Fueled by their cultural intuition and conscientization, the authors share their testimonios to reflect on the ways in which higher education can both be an engine of social mobility, while also reproducing and magnifying social inequities.
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Romasanta, L., & Zamacona, B. Beyond the Bottom Line: Layoffs Leading to a Reflection on Transformational Resistance. In Campus Service Workers Supporting First-Generation Students (pp. 216-225). Routledge.