The Relationship Between Rurality, Social Class Identity, and College Access
Dr. Sonja Ardoin
Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director for Higher Education Administration, Boston University
Friday, April 27, 2018
Forum Hall, K-State Student Union
Dr. Sonja Ardoin
Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D. is an author, learner, educator, and facilitator. She originates from "Cajun country" – the small, rural community of Vidrine, LA specifically – and is proud of her first generation college student to Ph.D. educational journey, with degrees from Louisiana State University, Florida State University, and North Carolina State University.
Sonja's higher education career path includes experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising. She made the move from full-time practitioner to full-time faculty member in 2015, but continues to view her professional role as that of a scholar-practitioner.
Sonja studies social class identity in higher education; college access and success for first generation college students and rural students; student and women’s leadership; and career preparation and pathways in higher education and student affairs. She is the author of The Strategic Guide to Shaping Your Student Affairs Career (2014) and College Aspirations and Access in Working-Class, Rural Communities (2017).
Sonja stays engaged in the higher education field through presenting, facilitating, and volunteering with national organizations such as ASHE, NASPA, ACPA, LeaderShape, Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Gamma, and College Summit. Learn more about Sonja at www.sonjaardoin.com.