Putting First-gen First: Meet your Center for First-generation Student Success

with Sarah Whitley

About This Course

This live briefing will introduce you to the new Center for First-generation Student Success and present the Center's strategic priorities, progress since opening in June, and opportunities for professional, programmatic, and institutional development. Be the first to learn about our national landscape analysis of first-generation programs, get introduced to a new community of practice, and share how the Center can support your needs.

In June, NASPA announced a partnership with The Suder Foundation to establish the Center for First-generation Student Success. The Center aims to become the primary resource for best practices and scholarship surrounding first-generation student success and to expand the presence of evidence-based practice on campuses. This session is an opportunity for those invested in the experiences and success of first-generation college students to learn more about the Center's strategic initiatives, professional and programmatic development opportunities, avenues for institutional engagement, and upcoming events.

Since establishment, the Center has launched a national landscape analysis on first-generation student programs, entered development of a comprehensive website, established advisory and advocacy boards, and announced a community of practice. Moving forward, the Center is committed to the expansion of The Suder Foundation's First Scholars programs and toolkits, development of a cohort-based learning and recognition program for institutions invested in first-generation student success, and a number of virtual and in-person professional development and educational opportunities.

This session will discuss engagement opportunities for first-generation student professionals and supporters at NASPA's Annual Conference in March and Closing the Achievement Gap Conference in June and will highlight ways your campuses may celebrate the Council on Opportunity in Education's First-Generation College Celebration on November 8th. Participants will have an opportunity to share needs and feedback that may be used to shape the Center's direction. This session is open to all administrators, practitioners, and scholars invested in first-generation student success and interested in learning more about the Center.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • gain an understanding of the Center's purpose and strategic priorities and how these priorities shape the Center's programmatic and resource offerings;
  • be able to identify opportunities for professional development related to first-generation student success through the Center's programs, services, resources, and events;
  • be able to identify opportunities for programmatic development and advancement and strengthened institutional support for first-generation student success through understanding the Center's current and forthcoming offerings;
  • be able to begin identifying a community of colleagues for networking, resource sharing, and idea generation through this gathering and understanding the Center's current and forthcoming offerings; and
  • leave the session with a strong understanding of the Center's direction and how they may share thoughts and feedback with Center staff through multiple forms of communication.

Accessing the Presentation

Once you complete your registration, you will be able to access the course by clicking on the "Login" button at the top of this page (or any page on olc.naspa.org).

  • You will be asked to login with your NASPA user name and password. Once you have done so, you will hit continue and be redirected to your dashboard in the Online Learning Community.

  • You will find the session listed under "Enrolled."

  • This session is recorded. By clicking into, "Contents," you will find the session recording, resources, and PowerPoint slides. You may view the materials as many times as you'd like, at whatever pace you would like.

  • If you have any difficulty accessing the materials, please contact Jace Kirschner (jkirschner@naspa.org).