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'Access to Success' Conference

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Moving from ‘access to success’: Supporting and empowering first generation HE Students by sharing US and UK practice

We are delighted to invite you to our ‘Access to Success’ conference, hosted by the University of Birmingham in association with the Accelerate and Access Foundation. Please join us for an afternoon of stimulating discussion and opportunities to share best practice on the equity of experience and opportunity of First Generation Students in Higher Education.

Access and Participation Plans with the Office for Students require increased focus on the successful progression of under-represented students that we have supported to access our institutions. How can we best support and empower them to achieve their full potential and make the best of the academic and extracurricular opportunities available?

Our keynote session will be from two leading American practioners in this field, both from Ivy League universities - Dr Khristina Gonzalez, Associate Dean for Access and Inclusion, Princeton University and Jay Davis, Director of First Year Student Enrichment and Kings Scholars Programmes, Dartmouth College. This will be followed by a UK perspective, a question and answer session with an expert panel, including First Generation Students, and the chance to share best practice with colleagues.

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This event is free of charge, but places are limited. Please confirm attendance by Wednesday 31 October.





KEYNOTE SESSION SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES


DR KHRISTINA GONZALEZ

Associate Dean for Access and Inclusion, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

Khristina is responsible for programmes and initiatives that support and advance Princeton’s commitment to an inclusive undergraduate student body. She plays a leading role in the creation, implementation, and management of strategic initiatives designed to enhance the experience of first-generation and lower-income students, veterans, transfer students and students from other historically underrepresented groups. The programmes that she directs at Princeton have been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Magazine, 60 Minutes, and Insight into Diversity, among other media sources. Khristina serves on the board of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.



JAY DAVIS

Director of First Year Student Enrichment and King Scholar Programme, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA

Jay Davis directs two schemes, the first (First Year Student Enrichment) helping first-generation incoming students to thrive both inside and outside of the classroom and the second (King Scholars) prepares exceptional undergraduates from developing countries to help alleviate poverty in their home regions. Jay was previously the founder, and Executive Director for sixteen years, of the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program, a multi-year programme that expands the educational opportunities for promising low-income high school students from under-resourced urban and rural schools. He is also a National Facilitator for the School Reform Initiative and has conducted diversity trainings focused on developing collegial relationships, encouraging reflective practice around identity issues, and rethinking facilitative leadership in the restructuring of schools.

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