Daniel Solorzano, University of California, Los Angeles
Amanda Datnow, University of California, San Diego
Lunch will be provided, so where possible please RSVP/give notice of cancellation no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the seminar – by 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday: Nick Romley at firstname.lastname@example.org (916-557-9745).
Many low-income children in California continue to lack access to high-quality, well-resourced schooling opportunities. This lack of equal opportunity ties youth in poverty to low-wage jobs or creates situations where they are “disconnected” from both school and work. In this seminar Daniel Solorzano and Amanda Datnow will present findings from a five-year, mixed-methods design study focusing on young adults in poverty, many of whom are enrolled in community colleges. Their study is guided by the premise that it is important to take an asset-based approach to understanding youth in poverty and their communities. Instead of adopting a deficit frame, Solorzano and Datnow argue that to truly expand opportunities for success educational institutions must find a way to build on current strengths in families and communities. The project seeks to understand what knowledge and tools are needed to maximize postsecondary opportunities for low-income youth.