From Here to University examines factors leading to successful college preparation and academic mobility for historically underrepresented, low-income, inner-city youth. Alexander Jun analyzes theories of social and cultural capital, as well as the effects of incorporating family and community involvement on college preparation. The text proposes a framework of college preparation factors that requires a comprehensive and culturally responsive approach, affirming local identities and incorporating active participation of families to ensure long-term success. The book concludes with implications for educators who might administer programs in order to help identity factors that lead to programmatic success.

chapter 1|7 pages

Lay of the Land

chapter 3|14 pages

Life as History

chapter 4|10 pages

“Making My Mark”

The Educational Journey of Francis Cabaña

chapter 5|11 pages

“Knowing Myself”

An Interview with Esmeralda Jimenez

chapter 6|9 pages

“No Longer Fun”

Miguel Garcia Yearns for Days Gone By

chapter 7|8 pages

“Getting It Done”

Rosa Gutierrez is Determined to Make It

chapter 8|12 pages

“A Shining Star”

Rickey Sanchez is on His Way

chapter 9|22 pages

Looking Back, Looking Forward