Supporting First Generation Students Amid COVID-19

Supporting First Generation Students Amid COVID-19

Watch a webcast recording where our experts connect with the broader higher education community to share ideas and ask questions amid the COVID-19 crisis.


Supporting first-generation students in this turbulent time is more challenging than ever before. There are no established best practices for addressing the diverse needs of first-generation students as institutions make decisions related to the pandemic. Understanding their unique needs and creating awareness of potential technology access gaps, among other issues, is crucial to maintaining equality for your student body.

Watch this webcast recording where we facilitate a conversation with La’Tonya Rease Miles, Director of the First Year Experience & Strategic Initiatives at UCLA and Cynthia Mosqueda, Faculty Coordinator of First Year Experience Programs at El Camino College. You’ll hear from our experts as well as your fellow attendees on questions such as:

  • How do you rethink yield programs during the crisis to attract first-generation students?
  • How do you accommodate non-traditional students who may be juggling duties like eldercare, childcare, work, and school?
  • What considerations should be made for grading policies?
  • What should be considered for K-12 bridge programs?
  • How can you best support transfer students with communication between 2-year/4-year institutions?

Who should attend?

If your work connects directly to student success and/or retention, particularly around first-generation students, this program is for you.

If you are looking for a space to gain ideas and best practices around the current coronavirus crisis, we encourage you to check out our other webcasts in our COVID-19 Critical Response Discussion Series.