Christia'n Jarvis Elaina Curtis Araby'ha Rankin

Where Do I Belong? Supporting First-Generation Students in Their Development of Their First Year and Beyond - E51-335

A workshop by Christia'n Jarvis , Araby'ha Rankin and Elaina Curtis

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About this Workshop

This workshop is an informative workshop that highlights the struggles and problems that first-generation undergraduate students suffer from. Led by first-generation undergraduate and graduate students, this workshop will discuss our first-generation experiences, how to navigate through them, and how that has translated into our current campus leadership roles. Christia’n is currently Student Body President at USC Upstate and in his role, he hopes to empower students in their efforts to truly become who they have the potential to be; while introducing skills that are needed to be the most successful in life, speaking in a general sense. Araby’ha and Elaina currently work for the Student Transition and Engagement Program at Salem State University, and they hope to ease the transition for first-year students to develop their own self-advocacy skills. Ultimately, this workshop will detail how and why it is important to develop different skills including leadership and self-advocacy not only through the students' first year, but throughout their college career and beyond.

About The Speakers

Christia'n Jarvis

Christia'n Jarvis

Undergraduate Student, University of South Carolina Upstate


Araby'ha Rankin

Araby'ha Rankin

Undergraduate Student, Salem State University


Elaina Curtis

Elaina Curtis

Graduate Student, Salem State University