Skip to Content

National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Preconference Workshops

Enhance your time at the upcoming National Conference on Students in Transition by attending one or more of our preconference learning workshops.

Register Today!

Registration Deadline: September 13, 2023


When: September 29-30, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration Fee: $450

The 2-Day workshop on First-Generation College Students is designed so that participants leave with a personalized action plan for use on their home campuses. Modeling the active pedagogies we advocate for our classrooms, the workshop faculty employ group work, problem solving, case studies, discussion, and other active strategies to engage participants in learning.

Participants will find this workshop to be a rich and rewarding experience, whether your institution is already involved in initiatives for first-generation students or is currently designing and creating new initiatives.  

Featured Topics 
  • Defining the first-generation student
  • Understanding first-generation students and their needs
  • Identifying factors that contribute to success for first-generation students
  • Discerning elements of a comprehensive institutional approach to first-generation success
  • Developing curricular and cocurricular strategies and initiatives tailored for first-generation students
  • Strategizing to gain institutional support for first-generation programs
  • Defining the role of faculty and staff in first-generation student success
  • Assessing programs and strategies for supporting first-generation students
Workshop Facilitators
  • Amy Baldwin, Senior Lecturer of Literacy and Academic Success – University of Central Arkansas
  • Althea Counts, Director of TRIO Programs – University of South Carolina
  • Sarah E. Whitley, Vice President, Center for First-generation Student Success – NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • James Winfield, Associate Dean, First-Year Experience, General Education, and Retention Strategies – Southern New Hampshire University


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.