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The Second Annual First Gen Con


10:00 AM-3:30 PM

J. Willard Marriot Gould Auditorium

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Am I first generation student?

The University of Utah defines first generation students as students whose parent(s) or guardian(s) do not possess a bachelor's degree or a four-year equivalent degree from a college or university within the US.
At the University of Utah, around 25% of our students are first generation, and we are keenly aware of the challenges they face. The Annual First Gen Con is aimed to create an intentional opportunity for University of Utah first generation community and community partners to exchange ideas and collaborate. It is envisioned that this conference will spark additional dialogue and support for first generation students at the University of Utah.
The Second Annual First Gen Con is a platform where first generation students and first generation higher education professionals can share experiences, concerns, initiatives, and accomplishments related to supporting first gen success in higher ed. Navigating college is challenging; and navigating college when you’re the first one in your family to do so can feel especially overwhelming. The University of Utah is proud to recognize the amazing feats of our first generation students, faculty, and staff.
Join us at the Marriott Library on April 14, 2023, for a free one-day conference to connect with other first generation students on campus; to share stories about the first generation experience with our faculty; to learn best practices from our first gen faculty and staff; to learn about campus resources, services, and spaces; and to strategize how we can work together to build a stronger community of support for all first generation students at the U. 

Conference Agenda






10:00 - 10:15 Registration check-in; coffee and breakfast pastries; welcome    
10:15 - 10:45 Dr Daniel K. Cairo, “The Power of Us”    
11:00 - 11:45 Bryce Williams, “Community as a Form of Happiness, Meaning, & Belonging” Matias Pedreira, “Navigating Challenges and Embracing Opportunities: Coping Mechanisms for First-Generation Latino & International Students” Pamela Rojas-Cartolin & Ajak A. Arok, “Understanding How to Be a Pre-med/Pre-PA Student in Higher Education”
12:00-12:45/1:00 Janet Reyes "Supporting First-Gen Students within the Classroom" (12:00-1:00pm) Susan Chen & Lilly Bautista, “The Future is First-Gen” (12:00-12:45pm) Anisha Marion, “Dear Indigenous Scholar: You Belong Here" (12:00-12:45pm)
1:00 - 2:00 LUNCH & TABLING    
2:00 - 2:30/2:45 Yovanni Valdez, Muskan Walia, & Ravi Kaur, “Behind the Scenes of the Valdez, Kaur, Walia Ticket” (2:00-2:30pm) Eli Covarrubias, “First-Gens CAN Do Research!”
Priscilla Figueroa, “Steering through STEM as Priscilla” (2:00-2:45pm)
2:30 - 3:00 Kaci Kuntz, “Reading Between the Numbers (ACT, GRE, GPA)”    
3:00 - 3:30 Pamela Cappas-Toro, “Building Learning Spaces Everywhere: La Casa Cultural Latina and Higher Education in Prison Programs”   Gloria Slattum & Wallita Ranger, “Rockin’ Your Summer Internship Application”


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Last Updated: 4/5/23