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Who We Are: Focus On… Student Identity
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning
  • Yarina Aguilar Becerra, Portland State University
  • Cecilia Diojuan, Portland State University
  • Jasmine Walker, Portland State University
  • Neera Malhotra, Portland State University
  • David Peterson del Mar, Portland State University
  • Vicki Reitenauer, Portland State University
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  • Inclusive education,
  • Critical pedagogy

In short

  • Increasingly, professionals in higher education are acknowledging the short- and long-term impacts on individuals and communities of institutional failures to create welcoming, inclusive, and caring environments for traditionally underrepresented students.
  • Student voices, reflecting on their lived and felt experiences in college, have been less frequently present in the discussions about inclusion in higher education.
  • Listening to students from underrepresented groups has the potential to redefine and renew how we understand education and ourselves, offering a template and a foundation for the dense network of relationships that a student-focused institution of higher education ought to aspire to and build on.


This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Published as: Becerra, Yarina Aguilar, Cecilia Diojuan, Jasmine Walker, Neera Malhotra, David Peterson del Mar, and Vicki L. Reitenauer. "Who We Are: Focus On… Student Identity." Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning 53, no. 5 (2021): 7-12