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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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Graziella P. McCarron

Tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor, School of Integrative Studies (SIS)
As a former student/academic affairs professional and as a current leadership studies faculty member, Dr. Graziella McCarron brings 20+ years of work focused on holistic student development, increasing students' access to higher education, community-building, and creating learning... Read More →

Sharrell Hassell-Goodman

Doctoral Candidate, Human Development and Education, George Mason University

Elizabeth D. Dalbec

Doctoral Candidate, Human Development and Education, George Mason University

Christian Rafael Suero

Doctoral Student, Sociology, George Mason University

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