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K-State Today

August 13, 2019

Academic Achievement Center staff present at national conference

Submitted by Rebeca Paz

Stephanie Bannister, assistant vice provost for student success; Kiley Moody, managing director for scholars services; Rebeca Paz, assistant director of the Office of First-generation Students; and R.J. Youngblood, assistant director for the Academic Achievement Center, presented at the 2019 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators First-generation Student Success Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Their session, "Creating and Maintaining an Institution's Culture Shift for First-generation Student Success," generated engaging conversations among educators, administrators, and practitioners across the nation who were seeking to learn more about best practices to serve first-generation students.

NASPA is a leading association for student affairs administrators in higher education, and hosts national and regional conferences. The 2019 NASPA First-generation Student Success conference was co-located with three other conferences to comprise the inaugural 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education and drew more than 1,300 higher education administrators from the U.S. and 10 countries.

Bannister and Paz also participated in a preconference workshop related to first-generation student success and led a session within the Midwest Regional First Forward Community, a group of nine institutions, to facilitate the advancement of first-generation student success in their respective campuses.

Read more about the first-generation initiatives at K-State