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Understanding Black First-gen Men

Virtual Live Briefings Student Success Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice

As higher education seeks to increase the support for and graduation rates of Black college men, understanding the intersection of the first-gen identity provides a lens through which we can enrich our approach and support their academic pursuits.

Registration is free.

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As conversations continue about the success and persistence of underserved populations, we must remember to center Black men's experiences. Black men are still underrepresented in higher education and have a 34% graduation rate. Many Black men are also first-generation college students, and this intersectional identity offers a lens through which we can better understand and support them throughout their academic journeys.

The presenter will examine emerging trends in the college and professional experiences of Black first-gen men and discuss this crucial population's successes and ongoing challenges.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • describe emerging trends regarding the college and professional experiences of Black first-gen men; and

  • discuss Black first-gen men's successes and challenges.