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We invite ASU faculty, staff and community partners to join us by presenting at the third annual First-Gen Zone conference. The First-Gen Zone Planning Committee is seeking proposals for Lightning Talks and Concurrent Sessions from faculty, staff and community partners who have experience working with and supporting first-generation college students.

Proposals are due by November 22, 2021, at noon! 

First-Gen Zone is aimed at informing, empowering and mobilizing ASU faculty and staff regarding the unique experiences of first-generation college students. First-generation students comprise over 35% of the ASU undergraduate and graduate student body. The conference will offer research-based information, tangible tips and actionable steps to faculty, staff and community members who want to enhance their skill set in support of the success of first-generation students. First-Gen Zone will include two outstanding keynote speakers, concurrent sessions addressing a wide array of issues and opportunities and highlights of existing university programs and initiatives. First-Gen Zone will create an intentional opportunity for ASU and community partners to exchange ideas and collaborate. It is envisioned that this conference will spark additional dialogue and support for first-generation students at ASU.

We encourage proposals from diverse groups of professionals, including but not limited to those working in the following areas:

  • Student recruitment
  • K-12 postsecondary preparation
  • New student and family programs
  • Student retention
  • Student engagement
  • Academic advising
  • Residence life
  • Academic support
  • Financial aid and scholarship services
  • Career and professional development services

We also welcome proposals from administrators, faculty, researchers, graduate students and others connected to helping first-generation students be successful at ASU! 

Questions? Email First-Gen Zone at

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