Faculty and staff members are cordially invited to attend a special roundtable, brown bag discussion exploring the challenges, strengths, and needs of Saint Xavier University’s first-generation students from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 12 in the Butler Reception Room.
This event is sponsored by the Student Affairs Retention Committee and grew out of an effort by that committee to identify and discuss issues of student groups that are particularly at-risk for attrition. First-generation students are defined as those for whom neither parent has a college degree. Approximately two-thirds of SXU students are first-generation and these students come to the University with various levels of understanding of the expectations of the collegiate experience.
This discussion provides a good opportunity to involve all members of the University community who have a particular interest in first-generation students, for the purposes of:
- providing a forum for discussing ideas, challenges and strategies for engaging first-generation students
- encouraging thought-leadership that may lead to the development of new collaborations or student services
- providing a cost-effective professional development opportunity
- offering an enjoyable opportunity for personnel to gather and engage in an exchange of ideas.
The format is informal and open and participation is encouraged among all faculty, administration and staff.
The Student Affairs Retention Committee will provide beverages and dessert. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. RSVPs are encouraged (but not required for attendance).
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tammy Stockover in Student Affairs, L208, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 298-3123.