Today I went to the OID event: “Your Assets, Your Talents: First-Gen/ Low-Income Strengths” where we discussed the way that students can use their knowledge and experiences to foster skills that will help them navigate their college experience.
This was a Project Decode event. Project Decode is a program run by the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) that provides guidance and networking for first-generation and/or low-income students.
Yosso’s Cultural Wealth Model
During the meeting we discussed Yosso’s six-part Cultural Wealth Model which breaks down into 6 categories:
- Aspirational Capital (Hopes and Dreams)
- Familial Capital (Community)
- Navigational Capital (Ability to Navigate Social Spaces)
- Linguistic Capital (Language and Communication Skills)
- Social Capital (Networking)
- Resistance Capital (Skills from oppositional behavior that challenge inequality)
Summary of Today’s Event
During today’s event we engaged in an open discussion about which aspects of the 6 categories of cultural capital were important to us. The discussion was accompanied with a poster activity where everyone wrote down experiences that related to one or each part of the cultural wealth model.
Towards the end of the meeting, we talked about the benefit of looking at this model through an asset-based lens for first generation and low-income students. I felt that this was an important point because using a deficit-based model would emphasize the disadvantages of my background experience compared to what is “normal”. On the other hand, I can look at the same experiences through an asset-based analysis and find tools that I can use to uniquely navigate my college experience.
Please join us this week for more OID events:
Tuesday, November 14
“U.S. Politics and Current Events From an International Lens”
Platt Green Room
Thursday November 16
“Study Abroad: How to Make it Affordable”
Written by Nicole Garcia ’21