One of the long-term goals of the project is to build a replicable and scalable model, identifying the factors, including non-cognitive factors, that shape the success of this diverse population of students in higher education. LIFTED will, therefore, be both a support network and an engine of discovery, uncovering components of student success that will be key to building impactful programs for students in prisons and in classrooms on campus.
“We have designed the program specifically with sustainability and replicability in mind: to demonstrate a viable model that can be replicated across other UC campuses, effectively signaling a state-wide approach for California and the nation,” Gatlin-Nash said.
LIFTED will also collaborate with the UCI student group, The Underground Scholars Initiative, which serves formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students. The organization works to create a prison-to-school pipeline through recruitment, retention, and advocacy and directly challenges stigmas associated with the students.
Additional researchers on the project include:
LIFTED is one of 19 projects to be funded by UCI’s Advancing Equity in the Age of COVID-19 initiative. The initiative supports research that uses COVID-19 as a lens through which to explore “the uneven effects and realities of the pandemic on people, communities, societies, nation-states, state systems or global or planetary conditions.”