DEFINING FIRST:

FOSTERING A FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT IDENTITY

THE FIRST AND ONLY CONFERENCE FOR AND BY FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS, 1VYG BRINGS TOGETHER STUDENTS, ADMINISTRATORS, ALUMNI AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO STRENGTHEN AND EMPOWER THE FIRST-GENERATION COMMUNITY FOR COLLECTIVE CHANGE

 

1vyG - The First-Generation Ivy League Students Conference, is the very first conference of its kind for first-generation college students in the nation. We brought together over 250 first-generation college students, in addition to nearly 50 administrators, alumni, community-based organizations, and other prominent stakeholders from the Ivy League and beyond involved in first-generation college student success. The conference took place from February 27th - March 1st in Providence, Rhode Island at Brown University.


1vyG 2015 Schedule

UNDERSTANDING    -    PRIDE    -    AGENCY    -    ACTION

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015

  • 5:00PM - 9:00PM: REGISTRATION, PETTERUTI LOUNGE, FAUNCE HOUSE

  • 7:00PM - 9:00PM: DINNER, ALUMNAE AUDITORIUM, ALUMNAE HALL

  • 9:00PM - 10:30PM: TALENT SHOWCASE, RM 120, LIST ART CENTER

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2015 - UNDERSTANDING + PRIDE 

  • 8:00AM - 9:00AM: GENERAL BREAKFAST, MACMILLAN HALL LOBBY

    • Granola bars, fruit, coffee, and assorted juices! 

  • 8:00AM - 9:00AM: ADMINISTRATOR BREAKFAST, PETTERUTI LOUNGE, FAUNCE HOUSE

  • 8:00AM - 9:00AM: LATE REGISTRATION, MACMILLAN HALL LOBBY

  • 9:00AM - 10:00AM: WELCOME ADDRESS, C.V. STARR AUDITORIUM, MACMILLAN HALL

  • 10:00AM - 11:30AM: STUDENT GUIDED DISCUSSIONS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

  • 10:00AM - 11:30AM: ADMINISTRATOR DISCUSSION, PETTERUTI LOUNGE, FAUNCE HOUSE

  • 11:30AM - 1:00PM: OPENING KEYNOTE: ANA MCCULLOUGH, CO-FOUNDER OF QUESTBRIDGE AND THE QUEST SCHOLARS PROGRAM, C.V. STARR AUDITORIUM, MACMILLAN HALL

  • 1:00PM - 2:00PM: LUNCH, ALUMNAE AUDITORIUM, ALUMNAE HALL

    • Sponsored by Google 

SATURDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS: 

2:00PM - 3:20PM:

  • BLANCA DE LA ROSA: BUILDING A CAREER AS A FIRST-GEN, RM 130, BUILDING FOR ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Upward mobility in any organization requires that you take a holistic approach to your career. A college education will get you hired, but getting ahead requires that you are well-rounded. So you must complement that formal education with informal education. You need to understand and abide by those unwritten and unspoken rules and regulations that are part of your work environment and that are required in order to get ahead. You need to take a holistic approach to your career.

  • LEISLIE GODO-SOLO FROM THE INSTITUTE FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF TEACHERS: DEMYSTIFYING THE GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS: TAKING THE NEXT STEPS WITH IRT, RM 102, WILSON HALL

Founded in 1990 by Kelly Wise, the IRT provides academic and individualized support to students (juniors, seniors, and graduates) from diverse backgrounds who wish to attain graduate degrees in the humanities, social sciences, education, and mathematics. IRT participants are individuals who plan to pursue careers in teaching, counseling, and administration at both the K-12 and university levels. The IRT sponsors two programs.  The Summer Workshop is a four week program held on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.  IRT interns engage a graduate-level curriculum of critical and cultural theory, prepare for the GRE examination, and work on their statements of purpose.  The workshop typically runs during the month of July.  Interns are provided with room, board, and a $1500.00 stipend. The Associate program is geared toward undergraduates and recent graduates who otherwise are engaged in summer research and/or study abroad activities.  Participants in both programs are sponsored by the IRT as they apply to graduate schools in a consortium of 42 affiliated universities.  The consortium universities waive application fees for IRT applicants.

  • GREGORY ELLIOTT, PH.D: DEGREE OF CHANGE- INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS AND CLASS, RM 001, SALOMON CENTER

Join Brown University Professor of Sociology Gregory Elliott to explore how the socioeconomic status of first-generation college students changes throughout childhood, education, and life. How do these changes affect our relationships to our families, communities, and each other?  

3:30PM - 4:50PM:

  • PANEL: FROM STUDENT TO SCHOLAR: FIRST-GEN PROFESSORS + ADMINISTRATORS ON NAVIGATING THE UNIVERSITY, PETTERUTI LOUNGE, FAUNCE HOUSE

Transitioning from high school to college can be jarring enough, but ever wonder about those who made that transition before you? What does it mean to work within the university a first-generation Professor or administrator? Join Brown University professors and administrators who were the first in their families to earn not only a college diploma, but went own to earn their graduate degrees as they reflect on their journey. 

  • TOM MORTENSON: HIGHER EDUCATION AS AN ENGINE OF INEQUALITY, RM 102, WILSON HALL

    In 2013 about 9% of those born into the bottom quartile of family income (below $34,000 family income) will earn a bachelor's degree by age 24. About 77% of others born into the top quartile of family income (above $113,000) will earn a bachelor's degree by age 24. This session will describe the public and institutional policies, programs and resources that produce these extraordinarily high levels of inequality, and some of their consequences.  It's class warfare at its clearest. 
  • SHIRLEY ACEVEDO BUONTEMPO, MPA; LATINO U COLLEGE ACCESS: "FIRST EN FAMILIA," RM 001, SALOMON CENTER

Being first in your family to go to college can be a daunting and challenging experience for many students. There's no one who's gone before you, that you are close to, that can tell you all the ins and outs or what to expect.  As a representative of the Latino community,  the fastest growing and youngest demographic in the United States, "being first" represents much more than just a personal achievement and brings additional challenges and expectations.  Latino U College Access explores the cultural, social and academic challenges that come from living your life in two cultures and how to thrive and succeed at both. Join us for this engaging presentation and panel discussion with first-gen Ivy League Latino professionals. 

  • LINDSAY PAIVA: RE-FRAMING A FIRST-GENERATION NARRATIVERM 130, BUILDING FOR ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH AND TEACHING 

    Conversations about first-generation college students are often deficit-based, focusing on what is lacking, what is missing, and what strategies external parties have to employ in order to engage this population.  In this workshop, I look to reframe this perspective and focus instead on what unique qualities first-generation students bring to the table.  This workshop is intended to be an interactive and reflective space where we will leverage stories from participants’ own lives to fuel the dialogue.  Workshop attendees will learn about social and cultural capital, and how society values particular sets of knowledge over others.  They will think about specific working class/cultural values and skills that they possess because of their social location, and will write creative resumes reflecting these skill sets.  We will also discuss life post-grad and the ways in which they can leverage the skills they have always had and those they have built throughout college to be successful.

5:00PM - 6:20PM:

  • PANEL: "AS A FRESHMAN I WISH I KNEW": ADVICE TO FIRST-GEN FRESHMAN FROM SENIORS, RM 001, SALOMON CENTER

Feel like it took you four years to figure out college? Or do you still feel confused as ever? Join a panel of seniors from various concentrations and walks of life as they reflect on their journey to and through college as they navigate issues of academics, family, extracurricular, and more. Whether you're a freshman or a senior, students from all class years are sure to walk away with more knowledge.

  • PANEL: OPENING THE IVORY TOWER: ADMISSIONS OFFICERS ON DEFINING AND RECRUITING  FIRST-GEN STUDENTS, RM 102, WILSON HALL

In the past decade, Ivy League universities have shifted their priorities to increase their outreach and enrollments of first-generation college students. When did first-generation students first gain recognition in college admissions, and what might the future hold? Join a series of admissions officers from Dartmouth, Brown, Yale, and Harvard, who will discuss their institutional motivation, challenges, and practices in recruiting first-generation college students. 

  • JENNY STUBER, PH.D.: NAVIGATING CLASS & CULTURE ON CAMPUS AS A FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT, RM 130, BUILDING FOR ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH AND TEACHING 

In the United States, the educational system has been hailed as both “the great equalizer” and as a site where social inequalities are perpetuated.  To date, critiques of higher education have focused in social class disparities in who goes to college, where they go, and whether they graduate.  Less attention has been paid to class differences among students who attend elite institutions of higher education.  This presentation explores the following question: In what ways do elite colleges and universities serve as sites for both social mobility and social reproduction?  Using qualitative data drawn from an elite liberal arts college, I document and compare the experiences of first-generation lower-income students, and non-first-generation upper income students.  I show that an elite college may have normative institutional arrangements that pull first-generation students into their campus’s social and extra-curricular domains.  Yet in so doing, those students may experience a heightened sense of class alienation.  Accordingly, this research illustrates a paradox of class in higher education: while elite colleges may promote social mobility through formal inclusion, they may also perpetuate social reproduction through informal symbolic boundaries among students.  This research has implications for scholarly understandings of social class and the college experience, and for higher education administrators who wish to promote social mobility and full engagement within class-diverse student bodies.

  • OPEN SPACE DIALOGUE: STUDENTS & ADMINISTRATORS SPEAK OUT, PETTERUTI LOUNGE, FAUNCE HOUSE

This will be a semi-facilitated discussion space where participants will have an opportunity to openly discuss the issues and challenges they face as both students and administrators in regards to first-generation student issues. Participants will have a chance to reflect on the relationship between students and administrators, discuss what it means to them to be first-generation, and identify pain-points for potential interventions between the two.

  • KEVIN FERRONE + ADELOSA OJE WITH THE FULLBRIDGE PROJECT: ADDRESSING THE WORKPLACE SKILLS GAP - RESOURCES FOR FIRST-GEN & LOW-INCOME STUDENTS, RM 115, MACMILLAN HALL

    96% of chief academic officers say their institution is effective at preparing students for the world of work.  11% of business leaders say that today’s college graduates have the skills and competencies that their business needs.  The gap may be even larger with first generation students who typically have more barriers to overcome through their college experience.  This session highlights the growing demand for workplace and professional skill building on college campuses, and describes the solutions Fullbridge has developed.  Fullbridge is running workplace skill building programs free-of-charge on college campuses, and is an excellent way of bringing much needed resources to first generation and low-income students.  Come and learn how your school might participate.

 

  • 7:00PM - 9:00PM: DINNER AND KEYNOTE: ERIC WALDO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA'S REACH HIGHER INITIATIVE, ALUMNAE AUDITORIUM, ALUMNAE HALL

  • 9:30PM - 10:30PM: OPEN MIC NITE, RM 001, SALOMON CENTER

  • 9:30PM - 11:00PM: MOVIE NIGHT, PETTERUTI LOUNGE, FAUNCE CENTER

  • 11:00PM - 2:00AM: (F)IRSTY - FIRST-GEN STUDENT MIXER, KASPER ROOM, FAUNCE HOUSE

SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST 2015 - AGENCY AND ACTION 

  • 8:00AM - 9:00AM: BREAKFAST, SALOMON CENTER UPPER LOBBY

    • Granola bars, fruit, coffee, and assorted juices! 
  • 8:00AM - 9:30AM: LUGGAGE DROP OFF, SALOMON CENTER LOWER LOBBY (ROOM 003 + ROOM 004)

SUNDAY BREAKOUT SESSIONS

9:00AM - 10:20AM:

  • PETER BOWLEYCREATING CAMPUS RESOURCES AND COMMUNITY THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP: A CASE STUDY ON RULO, RM 105, WILSON HALL

Only 30% of community college students graduate each year.  Peter started Rulo - a free, open-source mobile app - to change that.  Rulo is about student-driven community building at colleges where students don't live on campus and many are first generation. Using Rulo as a case study, this interactive workshop invites you to explore how students can impact campus through entrepreneurship, as well as collaboration opportunities for student entrepreneurs and administrators.

  • KAREN COLLIAS, PH.D + CAROL LYNN MARTIN, PH.D: FIRST-GEN RESEARCH OVERVIEW FOR STUDENTS, RM 102, WILSON HALL

First generation students, especially those at Ivy League universities, frequently experience psychological distress, social exclusion, and academic anxiety even though they have reached what is supposed to be the golden gateway to a successful life. This is nothing new; we felt the same way a generation ago, and want to share our individual stories and selected research findings. We will also introduce a human-centered approach to addressing these challenges called Design Thinking. Through this approach, participants will identify salient issues and suggest ideas to improve the first generation transition to college, the college experience itself and subsequent participation in the workforce. Lessons learned in this workshop will be useful when developing individual university action plans.

  • PANEL: FIRST-GEN STUDENT LEADERS: HOW ADMINISTRATORS CAN BETTER SUPPORT US AND OUR WORK, RM 130, BUILDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH + TEACHING

What can administrators do to best support first-generation students on their campus? Eager to hear about what issues first-generation students are tackling on other campuses? What issues do they face and how have students worked with their administration? How can students and administrators collaborate as partners to help move their campus forward? Hear the answers and more as first-generation student leaders from Brown, Harvard, UChicago, Princeton, and Columbia share their triumphs and trails.

  • $OCIAL CLASSMATES: CREATING CROSS-CLASS DIALOGUE ON CAMPUS, PETTERUTI LOUNGE, FAUNCE HOUSE

$ocial Classmates ($C) is a student organization at Brown University working to raise awareness,  foster dialogue and take action on issues pertaining to social class disparities and classism in the student body. Cross class dialogues are often missing from dialogue on college campuses yet can define so much of one’s experience in college. Join us for a workshop on exploring class-based issues in college while learning more about the program we run here at Brown!

  • MARTHA FRANCO + CHRISTINA ZALDAÑA COMMUNITY ORGANIZING: EMPOWERING AND ENACTING CHANGE, RM 115, MACMILLAN HALL

Interested in addressing various forms of inequities on both local and national scales? This presentation will give students an overview on the landscape of community organizing and ways to plug into different movements during their college experience. Additionally, students will gain exposure to entry ways into community organizing upon graduation, as well as linked fields for further graduate education based on the skills gained from community organizing work. 

10:30AM - 11:50AM:

  • NICOLE STEPHEN, PH.D: THE BENEFITS OF A CULTURAL MATCH: THE CASE OF SOCIAL CLASS AND HIGHER EDUCATION, RM 115, MACMILLAN HALL

First-generation students (e.g., students who do not have at least one parent with a 4-year college degree) earn lower grades and encounter more obstacles to achievement in college than continuing-generation students (e.g., students who have at least one parent with a 4-year degree). One important source of this social class achievement gap is the experience of a cultural mismatch between the middle-class, independent norms institutionalized in American universities and the working-class, interdependent norms that first-generation students are often socialized with before college. In this talk, I will first present a series of studies that document the nature of this cultural mismatch and how it can undermine first-generation students’ academic performance. Second, I will present two social psychological interventions that reduce this mismatch by creating more inclusive cultures, and in turn, improve students’ academic performance.

  • KAREN COLLIAS, PHD + CAROL LYNN MARTIN, PHD: FIRST-GEN RESEARCH OVERVIEW FOR ADMINISTRATORS, RM 102, WILSON HALL

First generation students, especially those at Ivy League universities, frequently experience psychological distress, social exclusion, and academic anxiety even though they have reached what is supposed to be the golden gateway to a successful life. This is nothing new; we felt the same way a generation ago, and want to share our individual stories and selected research findings. We will also introduce a human-centered approach to addressing these challenges called Design Thinking. Through this approach, participants will identify salient issues and suggest ideas to improve the first generation transition to college, the college experience itself and subsequent participation in the workforce. Lessons learned in this workshop will be useful when developing individual university action plans.

  • PANEL: COACHING COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS TO SUCCEED, PETTERUTI LOUNGE, FAUNCE HOUSE 

This multidimensional panel will present effective methods first-generation activists can use to promote success in college-bound students. Designed for any administrator, current college student, or special project leader, this panel will include insights on how to help first-generation college-bound students succeed from Breakthrough Providence coordinator Lindsay Paiva, Let’s Get Ready site director Niamh Sheehan, and College Advice founder Courtland Thomas. Included are tips to best foster first-generation success and rethinking of what it means to be “first-generation.” Hashtag: #1vyGAction

  • PANELFIRST-GEN STUDENT LEADERS: WHAT WE'RE DOING, HOW YOU CAN DO IT TOORM 130, BUILDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH + TEACHING 

Looking to start a first-gen movement on your campus? Eager to hear about how first-generation students are organizing on other campuses? What issues do they face and how have students worked with their administration? How do you go about creating a community of first-generation students on campus? Hear the answers and more as first-generation student leaders from Brown, Harvard, UChicago, Princeton, and Columbia share their triumphs and trails.

  • ANGELA CALLADO, TEACH FOR AMERICA INFORMATION SESSIONRM 105, WILSON HALL

We believe that values and identity are intertwined. Mapping out the pieces of your identity is the first step in understanding your values. The session will be spent examining our values that come from our background, experiences, and intersections of our identity. When leaders are grounded in their values, they have a reference point for making decisions and choosing actions that are consistently aligned to their values. This interactive workshop will give attendees an opportunity to better understand how their values shape their leadership style and the pathways they choose to take.

  • 12:00PM - 12:30PM: BROWN BAG LUNCH, SALOMON LOBBY, SALOMON CENTER

  • 12:30PM - 2:00PM: SCHOOL ACTION PLANNING, DIVIDED BY SCHOOL, WILSON HALL

  • 2:00PM - 3:00PM: CLOSING, RM 101, SALOMON CENTER 

 


Keynote Speakers

ERIC WALDO

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA'S REACH HIGHER INITIATIVE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2015

7:00PM - 9:00PM

ALUMNAE AUDITORIUM, ALUMNAE HALL

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ANA MCCULLOUGH

CO-FOUNDER OF QUESTBRIDGE AND THE QUEST SCHOLARS PROGRAM

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2015

11:30AM - 1:00PM

C.V. STARR AUDITORIUM, MACMILLAN HALL


Speakers

JIM MILLER

DEAN OF ADMISSIONS AT BROWN UNIVERSITY

DANIEL EDEZA

SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AT YALE UNIVERSITY

NIKI JOHNSON

SENIOR ADMISSIONS OFFICER AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

DALLAS NAN

JUNIOR AT PRINCETON

JASMINE FERNANDEZ

JUNIOR AT HARVARD 

NIAMH SHEENAN

JUNIOR AT BROWN 

FRANCISCO HERRERA

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

DANIEL ECHEVARRIA

JUNIOR AT BROWN 

CHRISTOPHER DENNIS

DEPUTY DEAN OF THE COLLEGE 

LYNDA LOPEZ

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO ‘14 ALUMNUS, 1VYG NATIONAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR

COURTLAND THOMAS

FOUNDER, COLLEGE ADVICE

THOMAS MORTENSON

SENIOR SCHOLAR AT THE PELL INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF OPPORTUNITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION

KEVIN FERRONE

FOUNDER, COLLEGE ADVICE DIRECTOR OF HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS AT THE FULLBRIDGE PROGRAM 

LINDSAY PAIVA

STUDENTS TEACHING STUDENTS INSTITUTE COORDINATOR, BREAKTHROUGH PROVIDENCE 

JENNY M. STUBER, PH.D.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY - UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA

LEISLIE GODO-SOLO

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - INSTITUTE FOR RECRUITMENT OF TEACHERS

BLANCA DE LA ROSA

AUTHOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - EXXONMOBIL

SHIRLEY ACEVEDO BUONTEMPO

FOUNDER,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - LATINO U COLLEGE ACCESS INC.

CAROL LYNN MARTIN, PH.D.

PH.D, YALE UNIVERSITY

KAREN COLLIAS, PH.D.

FOUNDER - KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT BORDERS

PETER BOWLEY

ENTREPRENEUR, APP DEVELOPER 

DENISE DAVIS, PH.D.

VICE MAYOR - CITY OF CAMBRIDGE

NICOLE STEPHENS

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATIONS - KELLOGG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

ALEXIS RODRIGUEZ 

SENIOR AT BROWN

GREGORY ELLIOTT, PH.D.

PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY AT BROWN UNIVERSITY

YESSENIA GUTIERREZ

SENIOR AT UPENN

RICARDO MULLINGS

SENIOR AT BROWN

YOLANDA ROME

ASSISTANT DEAN OF THE COLLEGE AT BROWN UNIVERSITY

EXIE HUNTINGTON

GOOGLE

 


Schools + Institutions in attendance: 

PRINCETON:

  • Diana Gonzalez, Graduate Student, University staff
  • Alexis Andres, Director of Student Life, Butler College

  • Renita Miller, Director of Studies, Forbes College

RUTGERS:

  • James Sparkman Jr., Graduate Intern for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center

STANFORD:

  • Jennifer Telschow, Staff @ Diversity and First-Gen Office; Program Associate with Leland Scholars Program

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 

  • Jackie Amparo, Associate Director, Penn-KIPP Partnership

  • Pamela Edwards, Director, PENNCAP and Pre-Freshman Programs

  • Dr. Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Vice Provost for University Life

YALE:

  • Amin Gonzalez, Co-Director of Multicultural Recruitment
  • Daniel Edeza, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

  • Camille Lizarribar, Residential College Dean, Ezra Stiles College, and Dean of Freshman Scholars Program

  • Michael Fitzpatrick, Associate Director of Academic AffairsYale Summer Session

BROWN:

  • Ricky Gresh, Director of Campus Life Projects
  • Margaret Klawunn, Vice President of Campus Life and Student Services
  • Christina Paxson, President of Brown University 
  • Yolanda Rome, Assistant Dean for First Year and Sophomore Studies

COLUMBIA:

  • Catherine Steindler, Advising Dean
  • Erica Williams, Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs

  • Christopher Zombik, Program Coordinator

  • Kathryn Yatrakis, Dean of Academic Affairs

CORNELL:

  • Sarah Anderson, Program Coordinator, Community Development and Social Justice Programming
  • Brandon Senior, Counselor, NYS Opportunity Programs

DARTMOUTH:

  • Jay Davis, Director, First Year Student Enrichment Program
  • Francisco J. Herrera, Assistant Director of Admissions

  • Gail Taylor, Professor and Faculty Director

HARVARD: 

  • Sue Brown, Associate Director of Advising Programs
  • Sally Donahue, Director of Financial Aid and Senior Admissions Officer

  • Stephen Lassonde, Dean of Student Life

  • Sarah Samimi, Freshman Proctor and Academic Advisor