Alma N Garza-PIAlma is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine.  She integrates research within race/ethnicity, social class and culture to understand the academic experiences of first-generation college students. Beyond identifying factors affecting college accessibility and retention, her work explains how students draw on class and ethnic resources to navigate high school and post-secondary institutional cultures.  In addition to broadening understandings of first-generation college students’ upwardly mobile trajectories, Alma also assesses how these pursuits shape students’ perceptions of their ethnic and working-class origins. She draws on both quantitative and qualitative research techniques in her analyses.


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