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Discussing At the Intersection - Understanding and Supporting First-Generation Students

Virtual Live Briefings Student Success

This panel presentation explores the concept of Intersectionality from multiple lenses, and how race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation identities intersect and affect First-Generation College Student identities. The panelists contributed chapters to the edited volume, “At the Intersection: Understanding and Supporting First-Generation College Students” and will offer strategies that faculty and staff can better use to support this population will also be discussed.

Registration is free.

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In the field of higher education, there is a growing recognition of the impact being a first-generation college student has on a student’s college experience and on their retention. It is estimated that 40% of today's college students identity as first-generation college students. These numbers mandate an in-depth understanding about their experiences. With dwindling numbers of traditional college age students, retention is a significant issue for colleges and universities so educating current and future administrators and faculty about the experiences of the diverse first-generation college student population is a matter of great urgency.

This panel will provide an in-depth exploration of the issues affecting first-generation college students on campuses across the country, and panelists will discuss the first-generation identity examined in their chapter contributed to “At the Intersection: Understanding and Supporting First Generation College Students” In attempting to answer the question “Who is a First-Generation College Student?” panelists will discuss issues related to race, class, gender, sexual orientation and how these identities intersect. Too often, first-generation college students are discussed monolithically. While there have been several articles written that explore the idea that students’ first-generation college status is just one aspect of their identity, albeit a very important one, this book explores the phenomena of the first-generation college student experience in more complex and representative ways.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • learn about intersectionality;

  • understand how intersecting identities affect first-generation students; and

  • gain strategies to support support first-genreation college students.

Speakers