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Exploring "Servingness" at a Hispanic Serving Institution

This project explores Latinx/e student perceptions of “servingness” at Sacramento State, a Hispanic Serving Institution, and aims to interrogate how university policies, programs and practices support Latinx/e student success.
 

The project is driven by the following research questions: 

  • How do Latinx/e we, as students. perceive Sacramento State, our Hispanic Serving Institution, as serving us? 

  • How we, as Latinx/e students, define student success?

  • How can institutional elements and the campus environment better serve Latinx/e students? 

PROJECT FINDINGS

This cohort of 9 Latinx undergraduate co-researchers identified 8 themes regarding how their HSI serves them and their success. Utilizing a photovoice methodology, students met 3 hours weekly over 15 weeks to conduct a photovoice research project.

 

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This 2nd cohort of 6 Latinx undergraduate co-researchers identified 10 themes regarding how their HSI serves them and their success. Utilizing a photovoice methodology, students met 3 hours weekly over 15 weeks to conduct a photovoice research project.

 

See their findings by clicking here

Drawing from the themes from each cohort, our research team collectively developed a survey which aims to see how our themes generalize to Latinx undergraduate students at Sac State. Moreover, this survey will provide a deeper look into the role that HSIs can play in serving Latinx students. 

Survey data collection is ongoing

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This project employs an innovative, mixed methods, participatory action research approach that is critical to exploring Latinx student perceptions of the concept of “servingness” in the Hispanic Serving Institution and how it can be improved.

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