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Tuesday 26 September 2023,
First-Gen Zone Virtual Conference 2020

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The First-Year Success Center, in partnership with Access ASU, American Indian Student Support Services, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Office of Applied Innovation, Student and Cultural Engagement, TRIO Student Support Services and Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, is excited to offer this second annual conference for ASU faculty and staff.

Prepare for a full-day virtual professional development experience for ASU faculty and staff on empowering and supporting first-generation college students.

First-Gen Zone Virtual Conference
Thursday, November 5, 2020
9 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
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In Fall 2019, 29,842 (35%) of ASU undergraduate and graduate students were the first in their family to attend college. Thanks to the efforts of many, the number of first-generation students attending ASU has tripled since 2002.

ASU’s commitment to serving first-generation students is evident in its recognition by NASPA as a First-Gen Forward Institution. The 2020 First-Gen Zone conference will help our university to elevate our efforts to support this student population, in alignment with our university’s charter.

The 2020 First-Gen Zone conference will feature:

  • Morning keynote talk by Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist
  • Afternoon keynote talk by Nancy Gonzales, Dean of Natural Sciences in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Two rounds of concurrent breakout sessions with a variety of topics
  • Undergraduate and graduate panels of first-generation students
  • Lightning talks presenting programs and services for ASU students
  • Optional networking lunch

Registration is open and free for all ASU staff and faculty. The full conference agenda, with session descriptions, is available on the conference registration site.

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