Diverse Dialogues

Changing the Conversation: First Gen in Stem Panel

Being a first-generation student on a university campus can be isolating on its own — that’s if one even recognizes that they have different experiences and disadvantages than other college students whose immediate family members have gone to college and earned a degree.

The Center for First Generation Student Success states, “The term 'first-generation' implies the possibility that a student may lack the critical cultural capital necessary for college success because their parents did not attend college.” While many first-generation, college-seeking students prove to be academically advanced, the hidden “curriculum” of university life can change the opportunities and success of a first-gen individual.

It’s estimated that approximately 25% (or more given new literature) of students enrolled in four-year degrees nationwide are identified as first-gen and given the multitude of hidden obstacles, approximately one third of first-gen students drop out of college after year three.

So, what does it look like to be part of the two thirds of first-gen students who graduate? What is it like to be an aspiring and thriving professional who faced these obstacles? What was it like to be a first-gen student in STEM? What is it like to be a first-gen professional at Michigan Tech and in the Upper Peninsula?

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) invites you to join Michigan Tech faculty and staff who identify as former first-gen students for a Diverse Dialogue panel, “Changing the Conversation: First Gen in STEM “ at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday (April 10) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 12:05 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Memorial Union Building (MUB), Alumni Lounge B
1503 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

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Center for Diversity and Inclusion

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Amy Howard

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