First Gen & _____: An Intersectional Approach
Miel McCarthy,Fabiola Mora,Jill Putman
Wednesday, January 15th 2020
1 hours 50 minutes
The purpose of this presentation is to examine and discuss the experiences of first generation students who hold multiple marginalized or historically underrepresented identities (student of color, low income, LGBTQ, undocumented, student with disability, etc.). These students come with unique challenges and often don’t find one office on campus that meets all their needs. National data indicates a need to support first generation students due to lower retention and graduation rates. Colorado State University (CSU) recognized a need to provide programming and initiatives to support first generation students that approached the work with a more intersectional lens, which was the impetus to develop programming that is more inclusive and valuing of the many other identities first generations students hold. CSU has had documented success with cross-campus collaborative programming that had addresses that needs of first generation students with multiple intersecting identities.
The presenters will use an interactive small and large group format to engage in discussion about identity and intersectionality for the first half of the session. The second half of the session will use a similar interactive format that will allow attendees to examine programs and initiatives within their departments at Colorado State University that are closing achievement gaps and increasing student success by engaging students from an intersectional approach. Participants will leave the session with strategies that support students sitting at the intersections of first generation and multiple marginalized identities
Goals and Target Audience:
Participants will be able to articulate the definition of "intersectionality" and engage in critical discussion about the unique barriers students with multiple marginalized identities face as first generation students - Presenters will use small groups to engage participants in discussion about identity and holistic support needs of first generation students as backed up by personal experience in the field.
Participants will be able to identify best practices for holistically supporting first generation students with multiple intersecting identities - Presenters will share information about best practices and how best practices helped with the development of several programs and initiatives at Colorado State University that have been demonstrating positive student success outcomes, like, increased retention, persistence, and graduation.
Participants will leave with tangible program ideas to use in their own departments to create a more student ready campus that values the experiences of students who are firstgen&_____.