TLISI 2019: The Student Sense of Belonging at Georgetown: What We've Learned from the Data and Where We Go Next
Georgetown is committed to a whole-institution approach to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As part of efforts to better understand academic, financial, social and structural barriers affecting student success, The Hub for Equity and Innovation in Higher Education - working in partnership with the Georgetown Scholars Program and Community Scholars Program - conducted a study on attitudes of belonging among first-generation college students. For this study, we are using SenseMaker, a novel, narrative-based research tool that allows for a rich, mixed methods approach to understanding complex issues inherent in students’ sense of belonging. The tool guides individuals through the telling and interpretation of a short story and then aggregates these annotations into a network model, revealing larger patterns that traditional surveys fail to uncover. In addition to informing changes to practices on our own campus, we hope to contribute to the broader national conversations with this research. We hope that faculty, staff and students from diverse campus units join us at this session. Audience members will learn about survey findings and be asked to brainstorm structural solutions in their respective units for improving the first-generation student experience at Georgetown. Audience members will also have the opportunity to learn more about the narrative survey tool and consider how it might be adaptable to their own research questions.
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