Griffin Co-Edits New Book on College Access for Students of Color
by Joe Savrock (November 2009)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Kimberly A. Griffin, assistant professor of college student affairs and research associate in Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, has co-edited a newly released book titled Towards a Brighter Tomorrow: The College Barriers, Hopes, and Plans of Black, Latino, and Asian American Students in California.
Griffin’s co-editors are Walter R. Allen and Erin Kimura-Walsh, of University of California, Los Angeles. The book is published by Information Age Publishing.
Towards a Brighter Tomorrow aims to develop a clearer understanding of the influence of social dynamics on the educational opportunities of high school students of color in the urban setting of California's Los Angeles area. Griffin and her colleagues examine how students' backgrounds, high school experiences, and own agency shape their college preparation processes and postsecondary aspirations. They look at the experiences of students across 10 schools, identifying broad themes that are illustrated through specific case studies.
Griffin's research interests are primarily focused in two areas: the access, experiences, and outcomes of underrepresented communities in higher education; and the influence of relationships on outcomes at critical time points. These interests have led her to conduct work on a variety of topics, including the mentoring relationships in academe, Black professors and their engagement in student interaction, the experiences of Black immigrant college students, diversity recruitment in graduate education, and campus racial climate.