The Latinx population has now become the largest minority group in the United States (Martínez & Rhodes, 2020). However, Latinx first-generations students still fall behind non-Latinx students in educational achievement. This study seeks to examine the Latinx first-generation academic experience amidst a pandemic, with an emphasis on looking at their perceived stress related to academics, their academic self-efficacy, and their knowledge/feelings toward the institutional supports. The roles of institutional and familial supports are examined as well as the factors contributing to the educational achievement gap including language, cultural barriers, socioeconomic status, lack of funding, lack of diverse faculty, lack of access to educational resources, and a lack of educational knowledge. The psychological effects that the educational gap has on Latinx first-generation students is also examined in terms of social emotions, stress and coping, and academic self-efficacy.
Banuelos, Lizeth, "Latinx First-Generation Students’ Academic Experience: The Role of Institutional Supports during a Pandemic" (2020). 2020 McNair Scholar Collection. 3.
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