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Genia Bettencourt is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Center for Student Success Research (CSSR) at UMass Amherst and instructor for the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership. Genia earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019. Her research interests include the college access, equity, and success of marginalized students within higher education, particularly focused on social class, race, gender, and (dis)ability. Genia has a background in student affairs and social justice education, with work experience in residential life, student leadership, and pre-college programs.
Bettencourt, G. M., Manly, C. A., Kimball, E., & Wells, R. S. (in press). STEM degree completion and first-generation college students. A capability approach to the outcomes gap. Review of Higher Education.
Bettencourt, G. M. (in press). #Activism: Understanding how student leaders utilize social media to create change. Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry.
Bettencourt, G. M., Kimball, E., & Wells, R. S. (2018). Disability in postsecondary STEM learning environments: What faculty focus groups reveal about definitions and obstacles to effective support. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 31(4), 387-400.
Bettencourt, G. M. (2018). Embracing problems, processes, and contact zones: Using youth participatory action research to challenge adultism. Action Research. doi: 10.1177/1476750318789475
George Mwangi, C. A., Bettencourt, G. M., & Malaney, V. K. (2018). Collegians creating (counter)space online: A critical discourse analysis of the I, Too, Am social media movement. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.11(2), 146-163. doi: 10.1037/dhe0000054
Morales, D. M., Bettencourt, G. M., Green, K., & George Mwangi, C. A. (2017). “I want to know about everything that’s happening in the world”: Enhancing critical awareness through youth participatory action research with Latinx youths. The Educational Forum, 81(4), 401-417. doi: 10.1080/00131725.2017.1350236
Bettencourt, G. M., Malaney, V. K., Kidder, C. J., & George Mwangi, C. A. (2017). Examining scholar-practitioner identity in peer-led research communities in higher education programs. Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, 2, 95-113. Retrieved from https://www.informingscience.org/Publications/3783
Manly, C. A., Wells, R. S., & Bettencourt, G. M. (2017). Financial planning for college: Parental preparation and capital conversion. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 38(3), 421-438. doi:10.1007/s10834-016-9517-0
George Mwangi, C. A. & Bettencourt, G. M. (2017). A qualitative toolkit for institutional research. In E. Kimball & K. I. Loya (Eds). Using qualitative research to promote organizational intelligence. New Directions for Institutional Research, no. 174, pp. 11-23). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. doi: 10.1002/ir.20217
Bettencourt, G. M. (2016). If it isn’t on ______, it didn’t happen: Examining the links between technology and connection. About Campus, 21(5), 27-31. doi:10.1002/abc.21267