An immersive, playfully disorienting encounter, It's in the Syllabus and Other First Generation College Student (FGCS) Experiences offers participants a complex view of a heterogenous identity group: students who are the first generation in their family to attend college. Participants witness several intersecting stories about FGCS experiences and challenges, which confront stereotypes about who FGCS are and what they bring to the classroom. Through facilitated activities and discussion, instructors strategize about ways to make their classrooms more inclusive and foster belonging for FGCS. The session is appropriate for faculty, graduate student instructors, and academic leaders.
The typical session length is 120 minutes.
**The theatrical portion of this session contains strong language and descriptions of explicit challenges related to race, gender, sexuality, mental health, socioeconomic status, and first-gen college student status in higher ed.
In this session, participants will:
Discuss barriers that create challenges for FGCS
Identify specific classroom strategies to better support FGCS
Consider how to deploy resources on campus relevant to FGCS