November 7, 2016
Tiffany Martinez, a participant in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at Suffolk University, was caught off guard when her blog post about how her professor accused her of plagiarizing for using the word "hence" went viral. "Can't believe #HENCE is a thing," she tweeted shortly after writing about the incident. News quickly spread, sparking a national conversation on microaggression and inclusion in higher education as well as swift corrective action by the University.
The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) isn't surprised. Microaggression is one example in a long list of the steep non-financial challenges that low-income, first-generation students face on campus. That, working multiple jobs while holding a full course-load, fitting in with other students who come from "college-going" families, and navigating university systems are among the many reasons why only 10 percent of students from the lowest income bracket graduate from college by age 24 as compared to 54 percent of students from the highest-income families in the top income bracket.
On Thursday, November 10, at 6:00 p.m., EST, Tiffany Martinez (@tiffanycmar) will join COE (@coetalk) in a Twitter chat, #hencechat, to discuss the experiences, challenges, and strategies to overcome them and succeed.
UPDATE — To see the content of the chat hosted on November 10, please click here to visit the hashtag link on Storify.