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On Social Mobility: A Brief History of First-Generation College Students@Michigan: 2007 to 2019Dwight Lang
Lang describes how working and lower class students openly acknowledge and struggle with their challenging experiences on Michigan’s predominantly middle and upper middle class campus. We appreciate how first generation students are risk takers, boundary crosser, and successful social class immigrants. Resourceful first-gen efforts become the basis of connection and community as students begin their social mobility journeys. Overtime a public story emerges: stories making the invisible visible; stories of courage and persistence; stories of structural changes; a thoughtful student movement that is hard to ignore. We come to better understand the power of shared determination.