Symposium focuses on first-generation students

ironwork.200x250“First Experiences: A Symposium on First-Generation College Students” will be held on Tuesday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which is open to Wake Forest faculty and staff, will provide an opportunity to discuss best practices and opportunities to better serve first-generation students.

The program includes presentations on “Success for First-Generation College Students,” from Jennifer Engle, vice president for policy research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy; and on “Rewarding Strivers” by Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation.

In addition, there will be a panel discussion featuring Cynthia Demetriou, director of retention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Nathaniel “Nate” French, director of the Magnolia Scholars program at Wake Forest; and Esther Freeman, director for the Watson and Odyssey Scholars program at Elon University.

Registration (to cover lunch and program materials) is $10 for Wake Forest faculty and staff. Registration is available through the PDC website. For additional information, contact Nancy Aguillon at or Nate French at

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