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First-generation college-goers experience a variety of challenges as they enter and move through higher education. Much of the existing research indicates that students whose parents did not attend college are more likely than their non first-generation counterparts to be less academically prepared for college, to have less knowledge of how to apply for college and financial assistance, and to have more difficulty in acclimating themselves to college once they enroll (Tym, et al., 2005).
As such, educational institutions must provide students with specific types of resources and support to ensure that they move into and through college successfully. Ackerman (2006) demonstrated that Summer Bridge Programs for low-income, first-generation students helped to ease their transition into college. Effective Summer Bridge Programs utilize a strong peer-mentoring base to ensure that students make a real connection to campus. Some models incorporate a holistic approach with career exploration, study skills workshops, and a host of other high impact practices (McCurrie, 2009).
This webinar will present a plan for an effective Summer Bridge Program, one that supplements existing programmatic and institutional efforts to support first-generation students. Participants will learn the importance of building relationships between academic and student affairs divisions, as well as empowering students through the development of critical college knowledge to ensure their academic success and retention.
Dr. Paz Maya Olivérez is currently Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she manages EOP, TRIO, & other student support programs. She has also held positions as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California and as a Program Analyst for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Dr. Oliverez has spent the last 15 years working with underrepresented and first-generation students as they move through the college pipeline and is passionate about ensuring that all students have access to the preparation, guidance, and support to successfully pursue their post-secondary aspirations. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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