Being first in your family to attend a university can be a daunting, and overwhelming experience. While some students carry their status with a sense of pride, others may feel shame or insecurity about being a first-generation college student. First-generation students face some unique challenges in navigating their educational journey both on campus and off, which may explain why retention and graduation rates for first-generation students fall behind those of non-first generation students. First-generation students also come to the university with a unique lens through which they experience the classroom, perceive academic messages, and respond to services and opportunities. While faculty and staff are often supportive of first generation college students, we may be unsure what specific role we can play in helping ensure that these students are successful. This lunch will provide an overview of common challenges facing first-generation college students, and provide an interactive forum for discussing strategies for working with this population.
This event is part of the CTL series on Teaching the Whole Student.
* Graduate students are welcome to attend all CTL events, space permitting. If an event fills up, GTAs will be moved to the waitlist in the order in which they registered.