Socioeconomic Status and Social Class in Higher Education

with Jabari Bodrick, Sonja Ardoin, Tori Svoboda

About This Course

Learn more about social class and socioeconomic status, various forms of capital, class identities, and implications in student affairs. This session will be facilitated by Socioeconomic and Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community leadership team members.

This program will offer participants an overview of class identity and its corresponding forms of capital (Bourdieu, 1986; Yosso, 2005).  The workshop will offer information from research and literature while also allowing participants to reflect on and assess how class identity does and might show up in higher education and student affairs. The three content categories of the session will include: 1) Defining Class, 2) Types of Capital, 3) Interactions Between Class Identity and Student Affairs.  There will also be a Q&A session at the end of the session.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in this online learning community briefing, participants will be able to:

  • define social class, including differentiating social class and socioeconomic status;
  • recognize how social class shows up in student affairs; and
  • articulate the importance of exploring social class identity.

Accessing the Presentation

Once you complete your registration, you will be able to access the course by clicking on the "Login" button at the top of this page (or any page on

  • You will be asked to login with your NASPA user name and password. Once you have done so, you will hit continue and be redirected to your dashboard in the Online Learning Community.

  • You will find the session listed under "Enrolled."

  • This session is recorded. By clicking into, "Contents," you will find the session recording, resources, and PowerPoint slides. You may view the materials as many times as you'd like, at whatever pace you would like.

  • If you have any difficulty accessing the materials, please contact Jace Kirschner (

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