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CGSF – 6th Annual First-Generation Student Symposium – Zoom

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Join the Boston University Newbury Center, Duke University First-Generation Graduate Student Network, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS, along with our new Cooperating Sponsor, the Center for First-generation Student Success, for our 6th annual symposium for graduate and professional students on February 24, 2023, via ZoomThis national symposium is open to any student who identifies as a current first-generation graduate or professional student and is studying any discipline.



Jonathan Allen

Keynote Speaker

Jonathan L. Allen is a champion for equity. He is Co-founder and Director of Development at Leadership Brainery, a Boston-based nonprofit closing wealth and opportunity gaps by increasing the number of underrepresented talent being accepted and enrolled in postgraduate education programs and recruited into high-wage careers.


Symposium Schedule – Highlighting Two Presenters from UNC-Chapel Hill

Vanessa Doriott Anderson, Ph.Dis the Assistant Dean for Academic and Career Development at The Graduate School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Presenting: Authentically Me – Writing and talking about yourself in a professional setting is a challenge for everyone, but it can be especially tricky for first-generation students on the job market. How do you tell your story authentically without feeling like an imposter? And how do you accurately convey your research’s impact and accomplishments without diminishing what you have achieved? We will explore these questions and more during this interactive session.


Ronice Johnson-Guy, M.Ed. is the Assistant Director of Diversity and Student Success at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Relax, Relate, Release –As a first-gen graduate/professional student; it is important to equip yourself for success. Some proven useful tools are the Relax, Relate, and Release protocols. This interactive seminar will allow you to learn about these tools and practice strategies with one another.


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