Colleges have prioritized enrolling and graduating first-generation students. But, who are these students? And what do they need?

Far from a monolithic entity, first-generation students encompass multiple identities, beyond the simple identifier of being the first in their families to attend college. In the first event of our series, What It Really Takes to Be a Student-Centric Institution, The Chronicle meets with leaders in student affairs and academic services to discuss their efforts to best serve first-generation students — and how that experience has influenced the way they approach their work with the student population at-large.

Join us as we examine:
  • Who are first generation students?
  • What does it take to create wrap-around services to support them?
  • What lessons have colleges learned during Covid-19 that apply?
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Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown
Senior Reporter, The Chronicle 

Anthony Jack
Anthony Jack
Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard 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