Upcoming Twitter chat to talk about supporting first-generation college students
GritoBlast! — According to a 2013 College Board report, first-generation students are underrepresented among the college-going crowd. Their classification as “first-generation” has nothing to do with their immigration status but rather:
- they are the first person in their immediate family to attend college
- the highest degree attained by either parent was a high school diploma equivalent or less
- they can come from low-, middle- or higher-income families
Because there is no family role model to help these students navigate the college application process, many first-generation students don’t know where to turn for help.
On October 30, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST, TTG+PARTNERS, a communications consultancy specializing in starting thoughtful conversations on race, ethnicity, and diversity in higher education, will host a twitter conversation titled “Supporting First-Generation Students in the College Classroom.”
The conversation will examine the experiences and challenges facing first-generation students in college that go beyond academics.
Some of the topics will be:
How do first-generation students support one another at college?
Do first-generation students of color require different supports?
Do these students receive enough guidance from faculty, administration, and family to be academically successful?
How does the college ratings debate impact first-generation students’ experiences?
How will the new Parent PLUS Loan requirements impact first-generation students of color?
Follow the conversation on Twitter. Send in questions and comments using the hashtag #ttgpchat.