Career development is a crucial aspect of self-discovery. Through exploration, skill-building, developing and nourishing supportive relationships, students are more motivated and better able to connect classroom learning to their career goals. In collaboration with students, CCWT has developed student-centered tools, frameworks, and strategies to assist students in these activities.
Community Cultural Wealth Framework
CCWT’s Networks & Cultural Assets (NCA) project utilizes an asset-based framework (Community Cultural Wealth) to examine the college-to-career transition for historically marginalized students. This approach builds on students’ existing strengths and reveals the centrality of familial capital in shaping students’ career pathways, the function of resistant capital in forming students’ career interests, the utility of students’ existing social capital in the job search process, and the role of counter-spaces in activating CCW for career success.
Tune In to Strive Out Career Wellness Program
The Tune In to Strive Out program was designed by a diverse team of students and faculty. Grounded in a radical healing framework, it’s a 5-module program that guides students through practices to preserve a stronger sense of wellness and self-determination while learning skills to navigate their career and school lives. Students have opportunities to develop community while engaging in activities to apply the skills their learning.
Tune In to Strive Out Career & Wellness Resources
Our Tuned In Labs team designed the Tune In to Strive Out Career & Wellness Resources to help students broaden their understanding of career development, entering and navigating the workforce, wellness management, and so much more. We encourage readers to save and/or print as many toolkits as they’d like for their future reference
Student Networks & Cultural Assets Project (NCA)
Although Latino/a/x/e (hereafter, “Latine”) students have high aspirations for achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), they remain underrepresented in the STEM workforce (Fry et al., 2021). Social support is key to STEM identity formation and sense of belonging, two important predictors of STEM persistence for historically marginalized students. The Student Networks and Cultural Assets (NCA) project uses the Community Cultural Wealth framework (CCW) – a theory focused on strengths within Communities of Color (Yosso, 2005) – to study Latine students’ social networks.