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Mentoring and College Persistence: How Universities Can Support First-Generation Students

  • 221 Cannon House Office Building (map)

*Please register as snacks will be served*

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership in conjunction with the Congressional Youth Mentoring Caucus invites you to attend Mentoring and College Persistence: How Universities Can Support First-Generation Students. One third of college students are the first in their families to attend collegeand organizations and some universities throughout the nation are leveraging their resources and partnerships to meet these student’s social, emotional, and academic needs by expanding access to mentoring relationships.

Higher education can be a challenging place for first generation students. Higher education institutions often lack the infrastructure or equity lens necessary to support first-generation students. 50% of first-generation students come from households that earned between $20,000 and $50,000, forcing many to maintain a balance between classwork and employment necessary to afford tuition and everyday living expenses. 51% of first-generation college students are students of color but few colleges provide peer supports or culturally relevant instruction. First-generation students often have to navigate an environment that has been designed without taking their perspectives and life experiences into account.

Mentoring can be an important part of creating an equity and opportunity network for first-generation students throughout universities as they build critical partnerships with mentoring programs to build out quality-based programming for students. This panel will explore the impact that mentoring can have on college persistence, provide models of quality mentoring services with examples from universities and programs and provide policymakers with the research and tools they need to support them.

Speakers Include:

Elizabeth Bass, Executive Director, Virginia Mentoring Partnership

Dr. Emmet Campos, Director, Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color

Mariah Fernández, Student and Office Assistant for Student Success and Outreach, Seattle University

Sean Plaskett, Doctoral Student and Researcher, Penn Graduate School of Education

Moderated by: Elizabeth Santiago, Chief Program Officer, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

This event has been designed to comply with Congressional Gift Rules.