Prof. Constance Iloh receives grant to explore COVID-19 College-Going for Low-Income Black and Latinx Students
“Inequities and byproducts of classism and racism are likely to be heightened during a global pandemic,” Iloh said.
Iloh will examine college-going for low-income Black and Latinx students at institutions during COVID-19. In doing so, she will utilize her Iloh Model of College-Going Decisions and Trajectories to examine how the three bi-directional contexts of her framework inform extant college pathways. By intentionally focusing on COVID-19 narratives hidden in plain sight, she seeks to identify class and race-minded understandings and approaches for this moment, especially as it pertains to college access and persistence.
“The Iloh Model of College-Going Decisions and Trajectories - incorporating information, time, and opportunity - is especially attentive to this historical moment that can complicate already complex college-going realities,” Iloh said.
Iloh is an anthropologist who studies educational equity, educational stratification, and institutional behavior. Her program of research focuses on college access and “choice,” institutional culture, and the social context of education across the P-20 pipeline.
“My research is an acknowledgement that minoritized students are important experts of experiences that must be consistently amplified and woven into policies and practices,” Iloh said. “I'm humbled to use my model for a study that explores the troubling moment we are in for the very communities that drew me to the study of education. This is the work that keeps my mind racing and makes me so honored to be a social scientist.”
Iloh was honored as a “30 Under 30” by Forbes in 2016 and has been described as a “higher education powerhouse” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Iloh has been invited to share her expertise with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, the Community College League of California, the Institute of Higher Education, Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Campaign, Telemundo, and NBC Universal.