(Un)Privileged: The Cost of Being Poor at an Elite Institution
Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
Interdisciplinary Film Studies
Un)Privileged: The Cost of Being Poor at an Elite Institution is a documentary that explores the social and personal issues faced by many low-income and first-generation undergraduate students across wealthy private colleges and universities in the United States. The film includes a cast of diverse first-generation and low-income students from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Columbia University in the heart of New York City. Angel Perez, Trinity’s Vice President of Admissions and Student Success, also offers expert and personal insight into these struggles.
The students in the film discuss issues of exclusion on their campus, feelings of conflict between their impoverished communities and elite institution, as well as the implications of their unprivileged identity. Through intertwined discussions, the film takes viewers into the confusing identity of being low-income and/or first-generation within a space abundant with resources and privilege, and offers community as a means of resolution.
Gonzalez, Bettina Cecilia D., "(Un)Privileged: The Cost of Being Poor at an Elite Institution". Senior Theses, Trinity College, Hartford, CT 2016.
Trinity College Digital Repository, https://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/598