“Invisible” Identity

Laura Rall and Ana Manzano

Both hailing from rural towns in southwest Michigan, Laura Rall and Ana Manzano are excited to be conducting interpersonal research of rural students on the U-M Ann Arbor campus. Students from rural backgrounds are considered “non-traditional” on the Ann Arbor campus, as they make up such a small amount of the population. Combining a small population with an “invisible” identity has left many rural students without support geared towards their unique needs. After conducting a thorough needs assessment and facilitating focus groups, Laura and Ana will be presenting a report based on their findings to CEW+ and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts to advocate for more support for students with this identity.

Library Mentor: Angie Oehrli