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Thursday, January 9 • 9:35am - 10:35am
Engaging Family to Bolster the Psychological Well-Being of First-Generation College Student

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First-generation college students (FGCSs) represent a significant population on college campuses, in general, and about 33% of the population at George Mason University (GMU). However, FGCSs may come to college with social and academic concerns that may make their post-secondary journey more challenging. One of these challenges is the messages FGCSs may receive from their families about college. This presentation shares results of qualitative research conducted at GMU on the role of family messaging about college and FGCSs’ psychological well-being. Our presentation will focus on the learning that emerged via students’ voices and the practical recommendations we can deploy across academic and student affairs to serve FGCSs and their families.

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avatar for Graziella McCarron

Graziella McCarron

Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies, School of Integrative Studies
Dr. McCarron teaches in the Leadership Studies program at the School of Integrative Studies focusing on courses in ethics and leadership and leading change. Her professional background integrates experience in corporate practice with higher education administration and student engagement... Read More →
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Sharrell Hassell-Goodman

Doctoral Candidate, Human Development and Education, George Mason University
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Elizabeth D. Dalbec

Doctoral Candidate, Human Development and Education, George Mason University
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Christian Rafael Suero

Doctoral Student, Sociology, George Mason University


Thursday January 9, 2020 9:35am - 10:35am EST
Johnson Center, Room E