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Access, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education

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This project seeks to understand what various interventions and mechanisms can promote pathways for successful higher education and skill development, specifically for historically underrepresented students.

Access to education is a key factor to social mobility, but currently women and ethnic minorities are (generally) underrepresented in science-based research careers. This project is currently investigating how various types of interventions – such as study abroad, research apprenticeships and practicum courses – are beneficial to a wide range of students, including women, minorities and first generation students. By beneficial, we mean interventions that produce a transferrable skillset that can either be utilized in the workforce upon graduation or within graduate studies. Specific questions of inquiry are:

  • How can educators successfully scale research experiences in order to provide greater access to underrepresented students?
  • What skills and preparation do students gain from their participation in various faculty directed activities (e.g. study abroad, research apprenticeships and practicum courses)?
  • How can we better inspire students to pursue graduate studies as well as prepare them for advanced research?
  • What mentorship structures are most effective for undergraduates?

Publications

2018     Ruth, A. Attaining the College Dream: The Effects of Politics on the Social Capital of First-Generation Undocumented Immigrant Students. Human Organization. March: 77(1) (in press)

2016     Ruth, A., A. Wutich & A. Brewis. The Global Ethnohydrology Study: Integrating Global Health Undergraduates in Collaborative Research. Practicing Anthropology. October: 34(4)

Alissa RuthAlissa Ruth
Director of Strategic Initiatives
ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Alexandra Brewis SladeAlexandra Brewis Slade
President's Professor
ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Amber WutichAmber Wutich
Professor
ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change