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California Lutheran University Wants to Diversify Its Faculty, Along With Its Students

Jose Rangel-Morales, a biology major at California Lutheran University, would love to have a professor who looks like him, or who at least reflects his background.

Rangel-Morales, 22, grew up poor and was the first in his family to go to college. When he got to CLU, he said, he experienced some culture shock.

Rangel-Morales, and students like him, are why universities are shifting their perspective on students who struggle adjusting to college. They may be the first in their families to attend university. They may have to work, giving them less time for their studies. They may not understand how to “do college” — how to take advantage of office hours, for example.