Center for First-generation Student Success
We hope you will engage with the Center for First-generation Student Success at #NASPA23! Below is a list of the Center's programs and activities.
To learn more about the Center’s engagement at the Annual Conference, visit the Center for First-generation Student Success website.
Attend a Pre-conference Workshop
The following pre-conference workshops are tailored to focus on first-gen topics. Please note that pre-conference workshops require an additional registration and fee.
Pedagogical Approaches to Supporting First-generation College Students in Academic Settings
Sunday, April 2, 2023 from 9:00am- 12:00pm
Presenters: Marisa Milanese, Master Lecturer, Boston University, Christina Michaud, Master Lecturer; Associate Director of ELL Writing, Boston University, Mathew Hurwitz, Associate Teaching Professor, First Year Writing Program, Director, River Hawk Scholars Academy, UMass Lowell, Shaima Ragab, Director of Faculty Success, UMass Lowell,
First-generation students represent one third of all college-going students. Given the amount of time students spend in the classroom and the representation of first-generation students, it is important for colleges and universities to understand pedagogical approaches to support first-generation students in academic settings. A handshake to intentional support from academic and student affairs relies on the understanding of the impact of curriculum, instructional practices, and the incorporation of students’ identities in the classroom. Tailored approaches to support first-generation students in academic spaces requires an intentional and intersectional lens to address instructional practices and environmental factors that can impede student success. The presenters will offer examples from grassroots efforts to embedded teaching and learning centers.
Creating Sustainable Institutional Change to Advance First-generation Student Success *This pre-conference workshop is only available to First-gen Forward and First Scholars institutions
Sunday, April 2, 2023 from 1:00-4:00pm
Additional educational sessions will focus on first-generation student success. A First-gen Session Guide will be available later this year with an overview of all first-gen sessions to help shape your experience.
Center for First-generation Student Success Sessions
Learn more about the programs, services, and many resources the Center has to offer. From how to engage with the Center to data-informed best practices, there is something for everyone!
Connect and learn from peers at various institutions who are spearheading and supporting services for first-generation college students’ success. A session schedule will be available later this year.
NASPA Excellence Awards
Each year, NASPA recognizes the outstanding contributions of members who are transforming higher education through exceptional programs, innovative services, and effective administration. Keep an eye out for the announcement of the First-generation Student Success and related award winners!
Join us to celebrate the First-generation Student Success and related Excellence Award Gold, Silver, and Bronze recipients!
Past Excellence Awards Recipients
2019 - 2020
- Gold/GRAND GOLD: UC San Diego Student Success Coaching Program
- Silver: Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program at County College of Morris
- Bronze: First-Generation Institute at Sacramento State
2020 - 2021
- Gold/GRAND GOLD: University of Southern California USC Topping Scholars Program
- Silver: Southern Illinois University
- Bronze: Stockton University, First Ospreys
- Gold/GRAND BRONZE: University of Pennsylvania, Research & Internship Bootcamp
- Silver: University of Houston Clear Lake, First Gen Fridays
- Bronze: University of Central Florida
NASPA Initiatives Booth
Join us at the NASPA Initiatives Booth and meet the Center staff! Learn more about the Center’s mission to inspire, connect, and empower those who want first-generation students to thrive in college—and beyond.
More information to come on date(s) and location.
Center for First-generation Student Success Networking Reception
The Center for First-generation Student Success Networking Reception provides an opportunity for you to connect with colleagues from across the nation who are interested in and engaging in programs, services, and initiatives to support first-generation college students. This is an invitation-only event.
Journal for First-generation Student Success
Interested in publication opportunities with a focus on first-generation college students? Want to learn more about how to serve in an editorial capacity? Not sure where to start? Connect with the Journal for First-generation Student Success editors and editorial board at the NASPA Annual Conference! You can learn more about the JFGSS by attending the following events:
- JFGSS session: Notes From the Field: Capturing the Practitioner-Focused Scholarship
- Center Initiatives Booth
- Center for First-generation Student Success Reception