The wealth gap series is a collection of articles examining how wealth disparities impact students on campus. Released over four days, the articles cover topics from spending habits to resources for low-income students.
Part of our mission at The Chronicle is to bring awareness to issues important to the student body, including efforts to better represent marginalized communities on campus.
Many feel anomalous, hidden and two steps behind. More overwhelmingly, members of the first-generation, low-income community say they are tenacious, deserving and proud of their identity.
The Chronicle conducted an informal survey of 57 participants, where students answered questions about their monthly personal spending, the source of their spending money and what they spent it on.
Opinion | Life after Duke when you're low-income
"Being poor was part of my identity for most of my life, but it’s not anymore. It is the best, strangest, most isolating thing to have ever happened to me," writes Lindsay He, Trinity '14.
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Duke has expanded financial aid in recent years, and faculty and students continue to work to make the University more accessible. But some students say institutional barriers, including bureaucracy and a lack of public spaces for dialogue, make that work difficult.
As with many aspects of life at Duke, wealth disparities play a role in shaping students’ experiences in the arts and humanities.
The Chronicle compiled some of the resources that Duke offers to support first-generation and low-income students on campus