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What is your topic?

Our topic is “socioeconomics” which is an umbrella term which has a lot of different forms of being used. It is known as the branch of economics that deals with social aspects. The overall definition of socioeconomics is study of the relationship between economic activity and social life.

Why is this topic relevant to RAs?

This topic is very relevant for many reasons. When being a RA of a college resident hall, you will be in charge of looking over and help build a community of college students who come from many different diverse backgrounds. There is a difference in culture, interests, and economic status. With this, it is the responsibility to help bring residents feel welcomed in a way that no one may feel discriminated against.

What types of challenges may residential students face when dealing with this issue?

In trying to build this community dealing with this issue many issues may arise. Discrimination against one another is a huge issue that is very common on college campuses. In dealing with this issue there may be issues between residents who do come from a wealthy family and those who aren’t fortunate enough. It is a trend for people who are considered the “have not’s” to feel that they are being judged by the haves and left out. Although sad this is something that does occur on college campuses. There have been many instances in which the “haves” feel that the have not’s are just a waste of space and aren’t smart enough to get a college degree. One issue is through scholarship programs that offer financial assistance to less fortunate students and how students who don’t get the same assistance begin to criticize them. Students who get financial support go through a hard time throughout college dealing with these stereotypical comments they are faced with each day.


What challenges may RAs face when helping residents with this issue?

There are several issues that Ra’s may face when dealing with this issue on college campuses. One issue is the one mentioned above of discrimination and the unfair treatment of students who aren’t as fortunate as others. These students are very likely to just keep to themselves and not interact with other residents on campus. Another issue is the low attendance of residents attending a program that doesn’t specifically fall under the category of their culture. Diversity is something that lacks on his campus, and when an RA does conduct a diversity program it could be very difficult for residents to show up because they might not feel comfortable in the environment.


Resource Page Online Resources There is an article, Socioeconomic Differences in Adolescent Stress: The Role of Psychological Resources, which explained the how socioeconomic status affects the stress levels of those with lower socioeconomic status versus those with a higher socioeconomic status which would be beneficial for RA’s to look at and can be found at the website: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1847603/. Resources at Saint John Fisher Wellness Center- Mental Health Counselors Location: Wegmans’ School of Nursing Operation Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Contact:

Phone: 585.385.8280 Fax: 585.385.8299 E-mail: wellnesscenter@sjfc.edu

The Wellness Center is a helpful resource for those dealing with socioeconomic problems because in the Wellness Center there are mental health counselors available. The mental health counselors can be a useful tool that allows the person in conflict to speak about what exactly is bothering them and they can know that they are speaking to a willing listener with complete confidentiality. The Wellness Center is also helpful for RA’s because the mental health counselors could also provide help with how to deal with conflicts arising because a lack of understanding about socioeconomic differences.

Sustained Dialogue


Sustained Dialogue is a student run organization on campus that hopes to increase diversity awareness and understanding and meets at 9:30 pm in Campus Center Mainstage. This would be a useful resource for those dealing with socioeconomic differences because it is a club that encourages thoughtful discussions on a variety of topics. Since Sustained Dialogue hopes to promote understanding and increased knowledge regarding a wide range of topics it is a useful place to present your concerns about socioeconomic differences and it may lead to a better overall understanding of socioeconomic differences. Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs( OMADP) Director: Yantee Slobert Office: 117 Basil Hall Contact:

Phone: 585.385.8378 Email: yslobert@sjfc.edu

The OMADP is a great resource for both RA’s and students dealing with socioeconomic problems because the goal of the OMADP is “to provide the college community to learn about and participate in programs provides opportunities for the College community to learn about and participate in programs and activities that promote awareness of cultural, social, economic, racial, gender, and other forms of diversity in our society.

Other Resources Other resources that are always present that anyone dealing with socioeconomic conflicts or concerns should consider using are family, friends, roommates, RA’s or a trusted faculty/staff member. These are people that everyone comes into contact with on a daily basis and can provide guidance or further resource regarding socioeconomic conflicts and concerns.


Fact Sheet  

47% of all full-time undergraduate college students attend a four-year college that has published charges of less than $9,000 per year for tuition and fees Most expensive: At the other end of the spectrum are private four-year colleges that cost $35,000 or more yearly in tuition and fees. These higher-priced colleges usually have bigger endowments and more grant aid available — which may mean that you can get more financial help to attend that institution.  “Sticker Price vs. Affordability” must be considered. This means that the actual price the average undergraduate pays for a college education is considerably lower than the published tuition and fees. This is usually due to grants and other forms of financial aid.

Financial Aid: Most students receive financial aid. In 2009-10, more than $154 billion in financial aid was awarded to undergraduate students. The average amount of aid for a full-time undergraduate student was about $11,500, including more than $6,000 in grants that don’t have to be repaid. Mean family income in US: $61,583 “Middle class: ”middle %60 of income in US ($27,801-$113,025) Over the past decade average incomes for middle class families has remained stagnant after adjusting for inflation while published tuition and fees at 4 year institutions has risen 4.9%

Average Aid Provided by Public Grants: Public Four year institutions

- $1340 for students whose families make below $60,000 -$1150 for students whose families make $60,000$99,000 -$900 for students from higher income families Public 2 year schools -$160 for full time students with family incomes $32,500 to $90,000 highest priced colleges (Institutional grants %25 tuition and fees at (tuition and fees greater provided these average aids) (vary dramatically than %30,975 per year) among schools) -varies from %40 to lower-income students to %16 for higher income %35 at lower priced colleges Average Costs per year in US: Private Four Year

$27,293

Public Four Year

$7,605

Public Two Year

$2,713

*When considering socioeconomic class, it is important to recognize that terms like "working class" and "middle class" and "upper class" get all muddled quickly. Class divisions in the United States have more to do with lifestyle and social stratification than with income.* All Statistics from 2008 Source: Collegeboard.org


Case Study Jenna is a first year student living in the resident halls whose home is 2 hours away in a “middle class” family. Before making a final choice about college, she was deciding between a local two-year program at a community college or coming to S. John Fisher as a freshman. There were several main factors influencing her decision. These were cost of tuition and fees, the fact that she is still undecided about what she wants to do, and leaving friends and family verses “having the full college experience.” After the first few weeks in the dorms, you notice she is starting to seem withdrawn and often tearful. You approach her and she says that, yes, she would like to talk about it. She opens up to you and states that she is starting to regret her decision and feels she does not fit in well “with all rich white kids” at this school and she feels guilty for making her parents pay tuition when she is still undecided about her major and future career goals. 1. As her RA, what other information should you gain initially about Jenna’s main concerns? 2. What can you discuss with her about financial aid, certain clubs, and career services that might help her with these feelings and questions? 3. What other resources are available to help her sort out these concerns? 4. What can you tell her from your knowledge of Fisher, its students, and college students in general that might make her feel less isolated and realize this is a feeling shared my many students?


Socioeconomics