Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2019 Kevin R Kandamby
This thesis documents the lived experiences of first-generation Latinx students navigating
through predominately white institutions while attaining or attempting to attain a STEM degree. To examine this, twelve students from five different institutions were interviewed in semi- structured focus groups to better understand the educational trajectories of students in STEM. Inadequate high school preparation, educational disparities, mental health, and lack of institutional support were some of the reoccurring concerns students had across all focus groups. Students also highlighted that cultural competency across faculty in STEM, support from identity groups, and returning back to their Latinx community to serve as professionals was what has sustained them in STEM. To conclude, suggestions are offered to administration and institutions so they can support and retain first-generation Latinx students in STEM.
Kandamby, Kevin, "Hidden Cracks in the Leaking Stem Pipeline: Retention Within First-Generation Latinx Students in Baccalaureate Stem Programs at Predominately White Institutions" (2019). Pitzer Senior Theses. 103.