Sessions

11:00 A.M.

MINDFUL TEACHING TECHNIQUES THAT CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING
Intended audience: Faculty
Location: U-SU Los Angeles Room A
 
Catherine Haras, Senior Director
Beverly Bondad-Brown, Director of Education Technology
Maria Fernandez, Instructional Designer
Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL)
 
Instructors often assume they know when their students are learning, while many first-gen learners struggle with asking the right questions, and issues of "hidden curriculum". To teach first-gen students well, instructors should have developed a mindful teaching practice that demonstrably supports student success--including the ability to check for student understanding.
 

THE NEED TO BELONG: MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS
Intended audience: Students
Location: U-SU Los Angeles Room B
 
Dr. Yadira Anguiano, Pyshologist
Jeniffer Reyes, Clinical Social Worker
Counseling and Psychological Services
 
First generation college students experience a unique set of challenges while trying to navigate the university system. This workshop will address the mental health needs of this population, how CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) can target these specific needs, and self-care strategies that first generation college students can use on their own.
 

IDENTITY EXPLORATION IN ACADEMIC AND CAREER ADVISING
Intended audience: All
Location: U-SU Alhambra Room
 
Alisa Carithers, Academic Advisor, University Academic Advising Center
Laura Tejeda, Chicano/a Latino/a Student Resource Center Coordinator, Cross Cultural Centers
Michelle Lovasz, Assistant Director, Career Development Center
 
How do you know where you’re going, if you don't know who you are? Research shows students who engage in self and career exploration, and feel a strong sense of belonging on their campuses, tend to be more satisfied in the majors they choose (Soria & Stebleton, 2013). This workshop will help students, faculty and staff identify the relationship between self, major and career choice! Join us for an activity, best practices and a student panel with Jovanny Benitez, Nyehla Irsheid, Sevana Simonyan, and Minh-Triet Dao, sharing their identities, interests, and journeys in answering the most important question, "What is your passion?"
 

FIRST GENERATION FACULTY, STAFF AND ADMINISTRATOR STORIES
Intended audience: All
Location: U-SU San Gabriel Room
 
Michael Calabrese, Professor, Department of English
Rebecca Hopkins, Director, Educational Opportunity Program
John Ramirez, Chair, Department of Televiion, Film and Media Studies
 
First generation college students who are now faculty, staff and administrators at Cal State LA share their experiences and reflect on how those experiences inform their professional lives and work with first generation students at Cal State LA.
 

REACHING FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS: HIGH TOUCH APPROACHES FOR HIGH IMPACT RESULTS
Intended audience: All
Location: U-SU Los Angeles Room C
 
Sam Prater, Associate Director of Residential Life, Housing Services
Mike Willard, Faculty Director, Office of Service Learning
 
This session will equip faculty and staff members will high-touch student contact strategies as a tool for student persistence and success.
 

1:00 P.M.

FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS AND THEIR JOURNEY TO SUCCESS
Intended audience: All
Location: U-SU Alhambra Room
 
Adela Tobon, Student, Cal State LA
Stephanie Martinez, Student, Cal State LA
Antonio Holguin, Student, Cal State LA
Steven Saenz, Student, Cal State LA
Taj Aaleyah Jackson, Student, Cal State LA
 
Moderators:
Laura Tejeda, Chicano/a Latino/a Student Resource Center Coordinator, Cross Cultural Centers
Michael Maksymowski, Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator, Center for Student Involvement
 
Students will share their experiences navigating the collegiate system as first generation scholars. We will have opportunities open for discussion but believe that the storytelling will highlight the journeys that different types of students face.
 

DIFFUSE, DEFEND, AND SUPPORT: TOOLS FOR COPING WITH MICROAGGRESIONS ON CAMPUS
Intended audience: All
Location: U-SU Los Angeles Room B
 
Kristina Ruiz-Mesa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Basic Course Director of Communication Studies
 
Racial microaggressions are subtle, and often seemingly innocent comments and nonverbal expressions directed towards people of color. Research has demonstrated that these everyday racial comments and interactions have a cumulative and negative impact on student success, particularly for first-generation college students. In this session, participants will learn how to recognize microaggressions and will discuss ways of providing support to students who have encountered this covert form of racism on campus. The presenter will discuss previous research on microaggressions and offer strategies to support students. Some of the strategies discussed will include academic micropractices that can be used to inoculate students against microaggressions, as well as descriptions of programs and services designed to build academic confidence, encourage student sharing in counter-spaces, and increase academic capital.
 

TEACHING FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS: RETHINKING OUR PRACTICES
Intended audience: Faculty
Location: U-SU Los Angeles Room A
 
Estela Zarate, Professor, Educational Leadership Development
CSU Fullerton
 
This session will introduce a framework and process for faculty to examine their teaching and syllabus to intentionally address the learning needs of first-generation students. Using a strengths-based framework, faculty will reflect about their instructional practices and consider how it excludes or embraces students historically excluded from higher education, including first generation, college students. The session will present examples of more inclusive instruction.
 

FIRST GENERATION RESEARCH
Intended audience: All
Location: U-SU Pasadena Room
 
Mario Castaneda, Associate Professor
KiMi Wilson, Assistant Professor
Division of Curriculum and Instruction
 
Cal State LA faculty share their research related to first generation college students.
 

HIGH IMPACT PRACTICES TO SUPPORT FIRST GEN SUCCESS
Intended audience: All
Location: U-SU San Gabriel Room
 
Dr. Tasha Willis, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Faculty Director for Internationalization
Sydney Torres, Campus Involvement Coordinator, Center for Student Involvement
Frederick Smith, Director, Cross Cultural Centers
Dr. Joanna Doran, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
 
Moderator:
Stephen Fleischer, Executive Director, University-Student Union
 
Learn about some unique and successful programs on campus that engage students in impactful ways. You can refer students to these programs and learn their strategies as you develop your own interventions. Dr. Willis facilitates short-term programs abroad and trains other faculty/staff to do so as well. Sydney Torres coordinates the cross divisional first year success series connecting first year students to a variety of social and educational programs in a motivating way. Frederick Smith creates networking opportunities through the student Men of Color Success Network. Dr. Doran helps students enhance their financial literacy through peer coaching enabling them to competently plan their educational and future finances. Each member of the panel will share their experience and there will be plenty of time for a lively and inspiring conversation with input from all participants.