Assessing & Addressing First-Generation Student Challenges 

A Peer Mentorship Story with The Georgia Institute of Technology

Zoom Webinar | Wednesday, August 31, 2022 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET



For Georgia Institute of Technology, supporting first-generation students is woven into the fabric of university support.

That’s because in the face of national decreases, first-generation student enrollment at the top 10 public research university has been on a steady incline –  a near 79% increase since 2015. Research shows this population consistently retains at lower rates and benefits from the high-impact practice of peer mentorship to help navigate campus resources and establish sense of belonging. However, implementing a mentorship program that reaches a sizable population and offers actionable insight is no easy feat.

Join us on August 31st with Georgia Tech’s First-Generation Program and Operations Manager, Dr. Charmaine Troy, to discuss the pilot year of the First-Gen Jackets peer mentorship program and how it’s already increased mentee and mentor sense of belonging by +3.7% and +4.35% and mentee self-efficacy by +2.27%.

Dr. Troy will describe her experiences implementing peer mentorship at other universities and how working with Mentor Collective has added capacity back to her role while providing her with a dashboard of student voice data to help make informed decisions about future first-gen signature programming.

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“My dream for the future is to empower more first-generation students to leverage their full potential and change the trajectory of this world through encouragement, hard work, and determination…Thank you to my mentor, who helped guide me through the hurdles of being a first-gen student. His support and mentorship have changed my life and have made ripple effects that will last through the generations!”

- John, First-Gen Jackets Mentor

Attend this Partner Spotlight Event to: 

  • Contextualize increases in sense of belonging for mentees (+3.70%) and mentors (+2.27%) at Georgia Tech through Dr. Troy’s research on first-generation students.
  • See how Georgia Tech tracks and analyzes peer mentorship program data at scale to support first-generation students and gain buy-in from stakeholders
  • Learn how Georgia Tech’s efforts can be replicated on your campus with only 1-2 hours of administrative oversight per month

12:00-12:45 ET  — Panel Discussion 
12:45-1:00 ET — Q&A 

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