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Julia Colyar is an assistant professor in the department of Educational Leadership & Policy at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. At UB, she teaches courses on cultural diversity, student affairs administration, and the impact of college on students. Her research focuses on access and transitions to college for underrepresented students; she is particularly interested in low-income students and their experiences in postsecondary settings. Using qualitative tools, her research explores how low-income students perceive the college environment, and how institutional practices shape student experiences. She also writes about qualitative research methodologies.