Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Daniel Douglas


Community-based organizations, (CBOs) have given a specific subset of students opportunities for higher education. These organizations tasked themselves with providing students from historically marginalized backgrounds, typically students of color from lower social-economic statuses, the resources to access top-tier colleges and universities. This transactional trend can be identified in institutions like Trinity, a private liberal arts college that inherently upholds white supremacy and capitalism. In organizations streamlining students into these institutions, it eventually became clear that access to these organizations is not enough to ensure their success and clear implementation of college success was necessary. Leading me to my research question, "How at Trinity College, are marginalized students in CBOs, centered on college access/success, supported by these organizations once they are enrolled in college/universities? What resources are provided by these programs do students use and why? Are there any ideological underpinnings of those resources?” I interviewed 10 students from differing CBOs and analyzed their experiences. I essentially found that although organizations do provide college success supports it is sparsely used and supports neoliberal ideology.


Senior project completed at Trinity College, Hartford CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies.