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Conversations that Matter: Who Belongs at BC? The Class of 2019 Discusses Race, Class, and Community at Boston College

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Jehangir, Rashné Rustom, and Palgrave Connect. Higher Education and First-Generation Students Cultivating Community, Voice, and Place for the New Majority. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Strayhorn, Terrell L. College Students' Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success for All Students. New York, NY: Routledge, 2012.


Fischer, E. "Settling into Campus life: Differences by Race/Ethnicity in College Involvement and Outcomes." The Journal of Higher Education 78, no. 2 (2007): 125-161.

Goldman, Jack and Owen Fahy. “Over 100 Students ‘Die-In’ on Anniversary of March.” The Heights, October 22, 2018,

Hurtado, Sylvia, and Deborah Faye Carter. "Effects of College Transition and Perceptions of the Campus Racial Climate on Latino College Students' Sense of Belonging." Sociology of Education (1997): 324-345.

Johnson, Dawn et al. “Examining Sense of Belonging among First-year Undergraduates from Different Racial/Ethnic Groups." Journal of College Student Development 48, no. 5 (2007): 525-542.

Other Resources

The Montserrat Office at Boston College, an initiative under University Mission and Ministry, aims to assist students at the highest level of financial need to actively participate in and experience a Jesuit education.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Program) is a graduate school preparation program for Boston College undergraduates who are both low-income and first-generation college participants and/or under-represented.

The Learning to Learn Office at Boston College seeks to support low-income, under represented, first generation college students, and students with disabilities to excel academically. Its program offerings include: College Transition Program (CTP), DIOP (Dedicated Intellectuals of the People), among others.