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Presentation Proposal - NACADA Annual Conference
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Conference Year: 2021
Session #: 188(SP)
Title: A Powerful But Limited Label: Recommendations For Advising "First-Generation" College Students
Lead Presenter: Reid Higginson
Date: October 08, 2021    Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Room: 252, DECC
Abstract: Over the last two decades, supporting 'first-generation' students, those who are the first in their family to attend college, has become a major focus of higher education. While the 'first-generation' label has led to attention and programs for underserved students, scholars have also argued that the term has limitations because it can obscure other dimensions of inequality, such as race and class, that are often more relevant factors in student success (Nguyen & Nguyen, 2018). To date, most of this constructive criticism of the 'first-generation' label has addressed improving research on first-generation students. This paper focuses on advising. Drawing on a review of existing literature and new qualitative research, this paper outlines the affordances and limitations of using the term 'first-generation' as academic advisors and offers recommendations to guide advising practice.
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