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Thursday, January 10 • 11:35am - 12:35pm
Educational Session #2: First Generation Initiatives: Supporting Student Success at Mason

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It is estimated that 40% of first year students at Mason are the first in their families to attend college. Mirroring national trends within higher education, these numbers are expected to climb in the coming years.  How do we meet the needs of this student population?  Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources has developed several programs and initiatives to address and advocate for our student’s needs.  During this interactive session, participants will learn about these research-based initiatives, as well as the impact these programs have had on student success and retention.  These include the continuation of the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP), the establishment of the first generation peer mentoring program, and the re-establishment of a learning living community specifically for first generation students, among others.  In addition, we will also discuss the challenges faced in the implementation of these programs, as well as challenges faced reaching our commuter first generation students.  The session will include an opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide feedback.  We will close this session by discussing ways we as a Mason community can continue to support our students.    

Speakers
avatar for Brandi Blake

Brandi Blake

Assistant Director, Diversity, Inclusion, Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources
Brandi Blake currently serves as the Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ Resources at George Mason University. Her primary role is to support Black and African Heritage Students through programming, advising, support and advocacy. Additional... Read More →
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Vanessa Correa

Associate Director, Diversity, Inclusion, Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources
Vanessa Correa currently serves as Associate Director for First Generation Initiatives in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME) + LGBTQ Resources at George Mason University.  Within this role, she serves as the program director for the Student Transition... Read More →
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Jan Quijada

Assistant Director, Diversity, Inclusion, Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources


Thursday January 10, 2019 11:35am - 12:35pm EST
Johnson Center, Room C

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