Community Cultural Wealth

Historically, research and programming involving undergraduates of color focused on what these students lack – an approach that not only demotivates students, but also misses opportunities to support them as they build upon their existing strengths. Community Cultural Wealth (CCW) is a framework developed by Dr. Tara Yosso (2005) focusing on students’ assets, including skills and dispositions from their families, communities of origin, cultures, and personal experiences. For example, familial capital refers to cultural knowledge nurtured within families or fictive kin, and resistant capital is knowledge created through challenging inequality and resisting subordination.

The following infographics provide insight into the Community Cultural Wealth students bring into their studies and into the workforce and how higher education professionals and other mentors can support the development of those skills.