Event: UCI Summer Research Symposium
Date: August 15, 2019
Location: UCI Student Center
Title: The Role of Informal Agents as Cultural and Social Institutional Brokers
Author: Socorro Cambero
Mentor: Gilberto Conchas, Melina Pinales
Socorro's research interest broadly involves social capital, first-generation college students, and Chicana feminist epistemology. Over the summer, she worked on a literature review, which explores how first-generation college students navigate higher education structures. The scholarship on college students points to the chief role Institutional Agents play in providing social capital, which is is the information, support, and supervision that closely-knit networks provide for students. (Stanton-Salazar 1997, 2001, 2011). Socorro's future project will explore the role maintenance staff play in brokering social and cultural capital for first-generation college students. The following are possible research questions: (1) How do maintenance staff at research one institutions mediate social capital to first-generation college students of color? Why do they do it? (2) Is the social and cultural capital similar or different to the social and cultural capital discussed in literature? (3) What do custodial staff do with the knowledge they attain from interacting with institutional agents?
Melina Pinales and Socorro Cambero