This photography exhibit provides a window into what it means to belong on campus as a first generation student (i.e., students whose primary guardians did not attain a four-year college degree).
This project used a photovoice approach, a photography-based participatory research method, where students were invited to take photographs of things that contributed to or took away from their sense of belonging at Lehigh. Groups of students discussed their photographs in order to uncover common themes and opportunities for positive change within our community.
The photos you see here represent the final stage of this photovoice project. First-generation students worked with the research team to select the photographs and reflections. As you explore the exhibit, we invite you to reflect on your own experiences of belonging at Lehigh, how your various identities have shaped your experiences of belonging, and learn more about the experiences of first-generation students at Lehigh.
Research team: Dr. Lucy Napper, Meg Munley Stone, Princess Neely
This project was funded by a Lehigh University Faculty Research Grant