Space must be made for belonging with vigilance to the insidious nature of imposter syndrome and the external realities reinforcing it. Those who have been excluded from the academic conversation should be enabled with the confidence to take risks with new ideas and feel their voice is valued.
First generation students and other populations new to the cultures of the academy should be empowered with the institutional literacy to author their own narratives of success, understanding how to contextualize failure and balance the often competing demands of academic excellence and personal well-being.
Of the many benefits of undergraduate research, confidence in one’s own self-efficacy is, perhaps, the most transferable—leading to success in all aspects of life. We suggest these strategies to cultivate culturally responsive practices and encourage you to connect with a community of support.