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Effects of Community Cultural Wealth on Black and Hispanic Women’s Persistence in P-20 Computing Education

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Shetay Ashford-Hanserd ASHFORD-HANSERD Texas State University


Lillianna Franco Carrera

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Lillianna Franco Carrera, PhD is the Postdoctoral Scholar at Texas State University in the Department of Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies. She received her doctorate in higher education at Loyola University Chicago. At Loyola University Chicago, Lillianna served as a teaching assistant in the higher education program and as a graduate research assistant where she contributed to research regarding academic research collaboration and employment stratification in STEM labor. Her research primarily focuses on first-generation Latinx college and career choice experiences, the personal and purposeful development of young adults through the college choice process and college experience, high school counselor and other support services/programs for underserved populations, academic success of racially marginalized populations in college, experiential learning practices, and student affairs professionals’ experiences. Lillianna is passionate about improving the diversity and inclusivity of students in underrepresented careers and colleges. Lillianna also has over 12 years of professional experience as a student affairs professional in areas such as enrollment, admissions, advising and student success.

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Building upon previous National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research, and research related to STEM persistence and counter-life herstories, this study is part of a larger, longitudinal, mixed-methods sequential, explanatory, NSF CAREER project that examines the influence of community cultural wealth (CCW) on the persistence of Black and Hispanic females in computing majors as they matriculate from middle school into high school, into undergraduate education and into graduate school or the computing workforce. In this preliminary study, Dr. Shetay Ashford-Hanserd, CAREER Principal Investigator (PI) is accompanied by Postdoctoral Scholar, Dr. Lillianna Carrera, to illuminate Black and Hispanic women’s educational trajectories and lived experiences that have influenced their persistence in undergraduate computing education at a Hispanic Serving Institution in Texas. Data collection instruments include the reliable ACCEYSS STEM+C majors survey instrument and counter-life herstories interview protocol. To provide an anti-deficit understanding of how Black and Hispanic women access their strengths to survive and resist forms of oppression, the CCW model is utilized as a theoretical framework. The CAREER PI modified the CCW model to include spiritual capital because it serves as a critical source of fortitude and resilience in the Black and Hispanic communities. Research findings will highlight how CCW influences Black and Hispanic women’s persistence in computing education in response to our collective need to better support this population in their attainment and representation in STEM+C disciplines.

ASHFORD-HANSERD, S. A., & Franco Carrera, L. (2022, August), Effects of Community Cultural Wealth on Black and Hispanic Women’s Persistence in P-20 Computing Education Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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