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Starting Up First-generation Initiatives: Q&A with the Center Advocacy Group

Virtual Live Briefings Student Success

Bring your questions to members of the Center for First-generation Student Success’ Advocacy Group as they discuss how to build and grow first-generation college student programming. Members will share strategies and their experiences of starting and building initiatives to support first-gen students while operating with limited (or no) resources.  

Registration is FREE.


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Financial constraints can limit higher education professionals’ ability to create or grow programming to support first-generation college students on their path to degree attainment. Yet, some institutions have designed and expanded services with a limited budget. Join members of the Center for First-generation Student Success' Advocacy Group as they share their experiences and strategies for starting up first-generation student centers, programs, and other initiatives. Center staff will be present to help connect you to involvement opportunities (including our community of practice—the First Scholars Network). 

This unstructured conversation does not include a formal presentation.* Advocacy Group members will respond to attendee questions after offering brief opening statements. This session is foundational, focusing on considerations for beginning efforts or growing early stage efforts. Advocacy Group members represent a variety of institutional types including two-year, four-year large and mid-sized public, and small and mid-sized private institutions.

*Please note that we will NOT record this session. You may join and leave this session as your schedule allows.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • identify considerations for launching programming for first-generation students; and

  • analyze other institutions' experiences and successful strategies to determine applicability at their home institution.