LEAD 10: College Going Communities and Challenges, is a class I’ve been taking during this winter quarter. Among the many discussions that have began as a result of the systematic inequalities ingrained in the U.S educational system; mainly the correlation for wealthy communities to receive more resources than they need, and for lower income communities to receive the exact opposite; I’m enthralled by the notion that people still beat the system, people make it out of those low income communities and make something more of themselves and their communities! These outliers, people who have come from the low end of the socioeconomic ladder, are thriving at Santa Clara University, thriving at other colleges; in essence, beating the odds and thriving in places where they statistically and demographically were not meant to be.
From these outliers, we encounter an unquenchable thirst for success, driven by a potent factor: passion. They were able to carry themselves in ways other low income students could not, many times by opportunities, but many times by their sole desire. As mentors and role models, let’s work to ignite this passion when working with low income communities. Why? Because they are not dependant on someone coming to “help them out,” to carry them out of disparity. If as mentors, however, we can aid in their willing process of having an internal locus of control, whereby they perceive their actions as having a monumental impact on the outcomes, I firmly believe more people will make it out. By placing the student in a position of power, where their decisions matter, the passion is ignited!
- Omar Herrera Luna
PC of Sunol