Diversity in Academe

Program Helps Students Navigate the Unfamiliar Terrain of College

Family issues, racial taunting, and other challenges threaten to derail an education

Noah Berger

Gabriella Perez hugs Susana Pinzon at year’s end 
at Saint Mary’s College 
of California. The college’s High Potential Program steered them both toward helpful campus resources.
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As a freshman at Saint Mary’s College of California, Gabriella Perez faced the usual challenges that first-generation students encounter during their first year on a college campus, and more: She worried that her parents would be deported to...

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