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view the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality’s video explaining cultural capital: Sociology Live!. (2015). Cultural capital (Links to an external site.)[Video]. YouTube.
Then, view this video about first-generation college students: Pappano, L. (2015). First generation students unite. (Links to an external site.) New York Times.
Write your answers to the questions below. (You are not expected to disclose personal information that you do not wish to share.)
Besides money, what kinds of things make attending college more challenging for students who do not come from middle-class backgrounds?
What are some of the unique strengths of students who do not come from middle-class backgrounds?
Consider your own social class. What are some examples of your cultural capital? How has this advantaged and/or disadvantaged you in college? If you are not comfortable sharing your personal information, discuss someone else you know.
How could these advantages or disadvantages affect mobility?
Given your answers, what policies would you suggest to even the playing field for under-resourced students in higher education?