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September 12, 2018

NACADA webinar series

Submitted by Brad Cunningham

The first NACADA webinar for the fall 2018 semester, Academic Advising for "Double-Dose" First-Generation Students, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in 205 K-State Student Union.

Tara Connolly, academic advisor and international student advising coordinator, and Sione Lavaka, pre-professional academic advisor, both with Truckee Meadows Community College, will discuss challenges first-generation students that are also entering a new culture face when entering higher education. The presenters refer to these students as double-dose first-gen students, and as members of this population themselves, they have experienced first-hand many of the challenges and obstacles they will discuss.

In this NACADA First-Generation College Student Advising Community-sponsored event, the presenters will begin with a brief explanation of the concept of double-dose first-gen students, and then explore the cultural challenges that arise as these students navigate higher education. They will frame this exploration through Geert Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions Theory, taking a closer look at some specific differences between the U.S. national culture and other national cultures — such as Pakistan, China, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines and India — that are often the place of origin of double-dose first-gen American students. They will then review select advising approaches through this cultural lens to determine the pros and cons of each approach as it relates to the double-dose first-gen population, considering ways to overcome the potential downfalls to ensure that advisors and students are able to work collaboratively to better ensure students' sense of belonging, engagement, and success in higher education.

Join us for an informative hour as we consider the first-generation student experience from a unique perspective. 

Future webinar topics and dates include:

  • DW85 Tuesday, Nov. 6 — Academic Advising and First-Year Students: The Power of Purpose and Movement toward Self-Efficacy
  • DW86 Tuesday, Dec. 4 — Academic Advising in their Language: Communicating with Today's Students
  • DW87 Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 — Incorporating Coaching Conversations into Academic Advising Practice
  • DW88 Tuesday, March 5, 2019 — You Are Not So Smart: Academic Advising Edition
  • DW89 Thursday, April 18 — Academic Advising in an Era of Instant Gratification: The Pathway to Empowerment
  • DW90 Tuesday, May 21 — Academic Advising and Anger: Keeping Advisors and Students Safe

Each event will be a 1 p.m. central time and will be hosted in 205 K-State Student Union.

To learn more about each event, please visit the NACADA web events page.