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Friday, November 15, 2013

NACADA: The Great Equalizer: Higher Education and First Generation Students
11/15/2013 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Who are first-generation college students, what barriers to success do they face and what solutions may exist to remove these barriers? Nearly one third of today’s undergraduate students are first-generation. First-generation students are more likely to be low-income, come from minority backgrounds, and be non-native English speakers, single parents and financially independent from their parents. These students, who have little or no family collegiate history, may enter a college or university with limited knowledge about the jargon, traditions, and patterns of expected behavior. These factors may prevent first-generation students from fully engaging in a university setting and may contribute to early departure from the university before the completion of a degree. Working with first-generation students presents special challenges and requires a clear understanding of the issues they face. This workshop will identify common feelings among first generation students, barriers that are in the way of their success, and strategies for working with these students to achieve their educational goals.

Presenter: Blane Harding
Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, University of Kansas