OID Event: “Your Assets, Your Talents: First-Gen/ Low-Income Strengths”

Gerardo from OID talking about Yosso's model.

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.

Project Decode

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:

  1. Aspirational Capital (Hopes and Dreams)
  2. Familial Capital (Community)
  3. Navigational Capital (Ability to Navigate Social Spaces)
  4. Linguistic Capital (Language and Communication Skills)
  5. Social Capital (Networking)
  6. Resistance Capital (Skills from oppositional behavior that challenge inequality)

Student writes on poster.

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.

People write on poster.

Future Events

Please join us this week for more OID events:

Tuesday, November 14

12:15–1:15 p.m.
“U.S. Politics and Current Events From an International Lens”
Platt Green Room

Thursday November 16

12:15–1:15 p.m.
“Study Abroad: How to Make it Affordable”
OID Center

Written by Nicole Garcia ’21