University Mentoring Programs during the Pandemic: Case Study of Hungarian Roma University Students

Dunajeva, Jekatyerina (2023) University Mentoring Programs during the Pandemic: Case Study of Hungarian Roma University Students. SOCIAL SCIENCES, 12 (3). ISSN 2076-0760

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To improve the chances of Roma students succeeding in higher education, several initiatives have been established in recent decades, such as the Roma szakkollégium network (Roma Special Colleges), which joins various institutions around Hungary with the goal of helping Roma youth in higher education. This study inquiries into Roma university students and their support network during the pandemic through the work of Roma Special Colleges, considering that during the pandemic, it was the marginalized and vulnerable groups, such as the Roma, who disproportionally experienced challenges that affected their education. The aim of this study is to examine how Roma Special Colleges through their mentoring programs (1) were able to identify the specific needs of Roma university students during the pandemic; and (2) adapted their work to better assist Roma students during remote education. These findings, generated during a series of interviews with directors and program organizers of Roma Special Colleges, point out the importance of the personalized assistance that mentors in Roma colleges were able to provide, not only supplying needed IT tools and promoting academic success, but also fostering wellbeing, a sense of belonging and positive self-esteem among Roma students.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Roma; special colleges; pandemic; higher education
Subjects: L Education / oktatás > LB Theory and practice of education / oktatás elmélete és gyakorlata > LB2300 Higher Education / felsőoktatás
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2023 07:25
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2023 07:25

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