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January 2015


THE EXPERIENCE OF SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS has beenthe focus of many studies that have identified the broadconcerns of the second-year experience, but limitedattention has been given to how the experience differs forAfrican American students. This study attempts to fill thatgap. The research described here was part of a larger studyexamining the overall second-year experience for AfricanAmerican students. Utilizing Yosso’s community of culturalwealth model, we examined the transition experiencesof 11 African American students in their second year at apredominantly White institution (PWI) in the southeasternregion of the United States and here address the findingsrelevant to residence life professionals.