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EdSurge Live: How Can Colleges Best Support First-Gen Students

Online Oct 22 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Price: Free


There’s growing recognition that colleges need to better support students who are the first in their families to come to a campus.

After all, these students often don’t have clear role models who have graduated—and they may not have family who know how to navigate higher education. By some estimates, this group of first-generation students accounts for nearly a third of all students in higher education. As the numbers swell, there’s also been growing willingness by first-gen students to proudly claim the status as a mark of overcoming obstacles, with some even wearing T-shirts with slogans like, “I am first-gen, what’s your superpower?” Are colleges and universities doing enough to make sure college works for first-generation students? What are colleges trying to better support them? What else should they be doing? To tackle those questions, we’ve invited two leading thinkers in this area, and we’re inviting your questions and ideas as well. The panelists are:

  • Jim McCorkell, CEO and founder of College Possible, a nonprofit that helps underprivileged students get into college and complete their studies.
  • La’Tonya Rease Miles, director of First Year Experience at the University of California at Los Angeles and co-founder of a Facebook group called Empowering First-Generation College Students.

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EdSurge Live: How Can Colleges Best Support First-Gen Students

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