Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Please help!

Greetings Colleague:

Kim McAloney and Clare Cady are conducting a study entitled “Impacts of First-Generation College Student Identity on the Work of Student Affairs Professionals.” As the title suggests, their interest is in capturing the voices of persons working in Student Affairs who were first-generation students. The future implications of this study are that it could:

  • Contribute to the creation of a more common language and understanding of the experiences of Student Affairs professionals who were first-generation students.
  • Increase awareness within institutions and professional organizations that there may be barriers or unique needs related to the identity of first-generation student among Student Affairs professionals.
  • Increase awareness within institutions and professional organizations that there may be increases and advancements in cultural capital by lending voice to Student Affairs professionals who were first-generation students.
  • Contribute to the creation of support, inclusivity, access, and professional development that will positively impact Student Affairs professionals who were first-generation students.
  • Celebrate the unique contributions that Student Affairs professionals were first-generation students have made to the field of Student Affairs.
This study is meant to capture personal narrative, perspective, and experience. The research question is:

How (if at all) does your identity as a first generation college student affect your Student Affairs practice?

In participating you are invited to share your narrative as text, audio, or video. When you choose to submit your answer via this survey tool you will be able to upload documents or files, or you can choose to type your text within the survey itself. You are welcome to take as much or as little time in creating your narrative. There are no maximum or minimum requirements to participate. You will also be invited to share demographic information and contact information for purposes of data analysis and further research. Please note that sharing demographic or contact information is not required in order to share your narrative.

Participants should self-identify as having been a first-generation student, and have held a position within Student Affairs. Participation in the survey will be confidential unless you opt to share your contact information to participate in potential further research.

Here’s a link to the survey: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cFH9hCVSoWKgxPT. The survey will be available until June 16, 2014.

If you have questions about this study, please contact Co-Investigators, Kim McAloney at kim.mcaloney@oregonstate.edu, and Clare Cady at clare.cady@oregonstate.edu.

Kim and Clare appreciate those who are willing and able to participate. If you yourself are first generation, please feel free to participate.  If you know of other colleagues who may be first gen or interested in helping with recruitment for this study, please forward this information on to them.

Kim McAloney, Primary Investigator, Oregon State University

Clare Cady, Co-Investigator, Oregon State University