Many colleges have pledged to support first-generation students. What does it take to do that from the president’s viewpoint?

Join Chronicle senior editor, Alex C. Kafka as he talks with a unique group of college presidents – those who were the first in their own families to attend college. The session, which will be co-hosted by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will offer a wide-ranging discussion of leadership experiences and how they relate to today’s students. Topics will include:
  • The leaders’ perspectives on overcoming social and academic obstacles and building personal resilience
  • The role of the college president in supporting first-generation students
  • Comparing the changing experiences of college students
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Alexander Kafka
Alexander C. Kafka
Senior Editor, The Chronicle 

Freeman A. Hrabowski III
Freeman A. Hrabowski III
President, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County


James P. Clements, President, Clemson University
James P. Clements
President, Clemson University

Daisy Cocco De Filippis
Daisy Cocco De Filippis 
President, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College

Ivy R. Taylor
Ivy R. Taylor
President, Rust College

Jack Thomas, President, Central State University.
Jack Thomas
President, Central State University


Ariana Berumen
Student, University of California at Berkeley

Vani Mittal
Student, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sherry Pagoto
Director of the UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media, University of Connecticut

Malik Singleton
Student, Harris-Stowe State University