Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2017

Publication Title

Opportunity Matters: Journal of Access and Opportunity in Education

Volume

3

Issue

1

Abstract

This paper highlights the importance of centering student voices in the design and implementation of educational opportunity programs, and demonstrates that participatory research methods are a productive and powerful way to do so. We met regularly with a group students within an educational opportunity program, to discuss tensions they were experiencing and support them in strategizing to address the tensions. Students created a space for student voice and organizing to push their program to incorporate students’ skills and experiences in a way that would value students beyond grades and test scores. The students envisioned the student group as an integral part of programs designed to support and retain underrepresented students in higher education institutions.

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