Spiritual and Religious Support for Underrepresented First-Generation, Low-Income (UFGLI) Students

Elliott Ingersoll, Sophia Elliott, Stephanie Drcar
2021 Religions  
UFGLI students comprise 34% of the students enrolled in four-year universities. Unlike some students, UFGLI students face internal and systemic barriers throughout their educational experience and their struggles are often dismissed and disregarded. Working and raising a family while taking courses, minimal support systems, and financial struggles require students to optimize their resources. We explore the issues of UFGLI students and the importance of their spiritual and religious supports
more » ... ng a literature review and a case study. Religious and spiritual identities are resources that should be explored and supported by staff at university counselling centers. Affirming UFGLI students' religious and spiritual identities and understanding how religion and spirituality work in their lives can assist these students in their acclimation to and success at university.
doi:10.3390/rel12070548 fatcat:3e3ng6sjrna2bded6j7sqmuhku