Recognizing that not all students experience Georgetown in the same way, The Hub for Equity and Innovation in Higher Education recently set out to study attitudes of belonging among first-generation undergraduate students on campus—insights that will help shape the university’s ongoing work in the equity space.
“Georgetown knows that the diversity and inclusivity of our community is one of our greatest strengths—and this survey highlights real places of opportunity for the university to build a community in which everyone feels they belong,” says Heidi Elmendorf, Ph.D., study co-author and director of The Hub.
For the survey, conducted in partnership with the Georgetown Scholars Program (GSP) and the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA), researchers asked student participants to describe “a meaningful time you felt a part of or not a part of Georgetown” and complete a series of follow-up questions.
More than 80 students—a relatively small but representative sample of first-generation students—took the time to provide detailed input. The responses shed light on the various academic, financial, social, and structural factors that enhance or compromise students’ experiences.
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