1st Edition

Race and Rurality Considerations for Advancing Higher Education Equity

Edited By Tyler Hallmark, Sonja Ardoin, Darris R. Means Copyright 2024
    360 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers context, research, policy, and practice-based recommendations centering college access and success for a historically overlooked population: rural Students and Communities of Color.

    Through an exploration of how colleges and universities can effectively welcome students from rural areas who identify as Asian and Pacific Islander, Black and African American, Hispanic and Latinx, and/or Indigenous, this text challenges the misleading narrative that rural is white, thereby placing these students and their communities in conversation with national higher education discourse. Rich contributions on scholarship, practice, and policy address the intersection of racism and spatial inequities and consider the unique opportunities and challenges that rural Students and Communities of Color face across the United States’ higher education landscape. Chapters provide direction on creating equitable policies and practices, as well as details of the assets, resources, and networks that support this population’s success.

    This edited collection provides a wealth of insight into the recruitment, access, persistence, and retention of rural Students of Color, equipping higher education researchers, practitioners, administrators, and policymakers with the knowledge they need to better account for and support rural students and communities across race and ethnicity.

    1. Introduction
      Tyler Hallmark, Sonja Ardoin, and Darris R. Means
    2. Part 1: Setting the Stage

    3. An Overview of Two Decades of College Access Research Centering Rural Students of Color
      Stephanie Sowl, Andrew Crain, and Amy Stich
    4. A National Analysis of Post-Graduation Plan Development by Rurality and Race
      Steve Jenks
    5. Creating an Asset-Based Community Development Plan to Better Serve Rural Students of Color
      Valerie Lefor and Deborah Worley
    6. The Intersecting Missions of Rural-Serving Institutions and Minority-Serving Institutions
      Andrew Koricich
    7. Part 2: Student Access and Recruitment

    8. Deep Roots: The Rural Latina/o College Experience
      Carolyn Colvin, Richard Barajas, Elia Farias, and Gabriela Rivera
    9. Reframing Education Deserts as Places of Desire: A Case Study of Rural Latinx Students’ College Opportunities
      Mayra Puente
    10. Enhancing TRIO Programs for Rural Students of Color: An Exploratory Study
      Terry Vaughan III and Rachel Renbarger
    11. Higher Education Access and Attainment for Rural Communities of Color in Illinois: A Critical Policy Analysis
      Jasmine D. Collins and Marci Rockey
    12. The Grow Series: Educator Micro-Credentials in Race and Rurality
      Loni Crumb, Kristen Cuthrell, Tevis Harris, and James L. Knight
    13. The Freedom Project Network: Expanding Access to Holistic, Liberatory Educational Experiences
      Ryan Creps and Ki Harris
    14. Urbanormativity, College Access, and Rural First-Generation Students of Color in Northern New Mexico: A Case Study
      Tobe Cullen Bott-Lyons and Hanna Negishi Levin
    15. Bakersfield Rural Initiatives: Serving Rural Communities of Color in the San Joaquin Valley
      Mayra Nuñez Martinez
    16. Part 3: Student Transitions and Success Factors

    17. How Latina Students’ Experiences of Transitioning to Campus Are Shaped by Their Rural Community
      Ashley N. Stone and Carmen Serrata
    18. Black and Rural in White Spaces: The Experiences of Black Rural College Students
      Jamon H. Flowers
    19. Programming Success: Rural Black/African American Students’ Access to Social Capital at a Predominantly White Institution
      Wendy Pfrenger, Roger Davis., and Erica Noll
    20. Cultural Identity Is College Preparation for Rural Alaska Native Students
      Janelle M. Vanasse and Agatha Panigkaq John-Shields
    21. Pacific Islander Hubs: Strengthening Pacific Islander Pathways in Higher Education
      Kēhaulani Vaughn
    22. The Rural Student Project: Promoting College Access and Success in New Mexico
      Florencio Olguin
    23. Part 4: Student Experiences and Structural Supports

    24. Rurality, Race, and STEM: Exploring the Intersectionality of Rural Students of Color Pursuing Degrees in STEM Fields
      Elise J. Cain, Regina P. McCurdy, and Mete Akcaoglu
    25. Achieving Equity at Rural Community Colleges: Case Studies from North Carolina
      Pamela L. Eddy, Roshaunda L. Breeden, Jorge Burmicky, and Micara Lewis-Sessoms
    26. Mentorship and Belonging Among Students of Color at Rural Colleges and Universities
      Krista M. Soria and Trevor White
    27. Embracing the In-Between: Contemplating Intersections of Multiraciality and Rurality
      Nicholas Lamar Wright, Lisa Delacruz Combs, and Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero
    28. Online, but Not on Your Own: Supporting Native and Indigenous Student Success with Online Learning
      Eduardo Rodriguez and Marleigh Perez
    29. Minority Serving Institutions in Georgia: Exploring Theories of Rural Cultural Impact
      Brooklyn Cole Herrera, Anna Fazio Gibbs, LuWanna L. Williams, and Katherine Rose Adams
    30. Conclusion
      Tyler Hallmark, Sonja Ardoin, and Darris R. Means


    Tyler Hallmark is Program Associate of Higher Education at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

    Sonja Ardoin is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Clemson University, USA.

    Darris R. Means is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Executive Director for Rural and Community-Based Education at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

    "Race and Rurality: Considerations for Advancing Higher Education Equity is a perfectly timed book highlighting areas of need in our rural communities. Seeking to significantly change the narrative of monolithic rural communities and spotlight the unique opportunities and challenges of rural students of Color, this book is an essential read for policymakers and leaders of higher education institutions."

    Allen Pratt, Executive Director of the National Rural Education Association, USA

    "This book is a breath of fresh air for practitioners and researchers who are interested in the sustainability of rural communities. Although this book is about rural students’ college access and success, the long-term outcomes of rural students are paramount to rural communities’ ability to thrive. Debunking the myth that rural equals white, the authors center the voices of rural Students of Color and the opportunities and challenges they face in receiving equitable educational opportunity."

    Sheneka Williams, Professor of Educational Administration at Michigan State University, USA