First-Generation Student Symposium

Thursday, January 30th

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fowler Hall & Stewart Center


On Thursday, January 30th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Success Programs and the College of Liberal Arts will host the inaugural First-Generation Student Symposium.

The symposium focuses on enhancing the experience and supporting Purdue’s trailblazing 6,968 first-generation undergraduate students. The purpose of the symposium is to highlight the assets and strengths associated with first-generation students and to provide a snapshot of the data surrounding first-generation student success. Participants will have the opportunity to give input on the development of inclusive and equitable policies and practices for first-generation students. 

The keynote speaker is Dr. Sarah Whitley, Senior Director of NASPA’s Center for First-Generation Student Success

This symposium is one of many activities that will support the University’s vision of maximizing the potential of all students that was first articulated in the Provost Roadmap for Transformative Undergraduate Education

Symposium Agenda

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Fowler Hall
Welcome & Introduction
Institutional Data on First-Generation Students
Dr. John Gates - First-Generation Students and Maximizing Student Potential
Keynote - Dr. Sarah Whitley
First-Generation Student Panel
Call to Action & Next Steps

10:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions:
Breakout 1 -  Debrief from Colleges on First-Generation Student Programs
STEW 310
Breakout 2 - Discussion and Brainstorming Activity Concerning Leveraging the Assets and Removing Barriers of First-Generation Students
STEW 320

12:00 p.m.
STEW 302

We hope that you will be able to join us! Please register using the Qualtrics survey here.
Thank you,

Dennis Bowling
Senior Associate Director - Student Success Programs

Joel Ebarb
Senior Associate Dean – College of Liberal Arts   

Lowell Kane
Director of LGBTQ Center

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