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Overcoming Obstacles: Identifying the First-Generation College Student

November 6th, 10-12p.m. 

Human Resources 103A


A study conducted in 1989-90 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement, commissioned by the National Center for Educational Statistics, determined that first-generation college students were likely to experience more obstacles pertaining to socioeconomic status, persistence, retention, and degree attainment than their non-first generation counterparts.

This study also identifies a correlation between parental educational attainment and offspring degree attainment in that the less education a parent has, the less likely their offspring will enroll into a postsecondary institution and/or attain a degree.

As a former Counselor for the TRiO program, Student Support Services (services first generation/low-income/disability college students), I will examine this issue from the standpoints of parental education, age (traditional vs non-traditional), socioeconomic status, marital status, dependents, enrollment, financial aid, remediation, campus resources, retention, and general concerns of first generation college students. Included in this session will be recommendations and tools to offer solutions to staff/faculty concerns.

Tamara Allen Bio

Tamara Allen, former Counselor with Student Support Services at Kentucky State University and current Program Coordinator for the Masters in Public Health Program with the School of Public Health and Information Sciences, is a Higher Education professional dedicated to improving growth and development of students, organizations, and communities. A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in English and finishing a Master of Arts in Higher Education, her mission is to be a leading motivational speaker and student affairs professional within a postsecondary educational setting, providing quality programming that promotes diversity and inclusion, driving the ultimate goal of student success for a better community.


First year college success

October 9th, 3-4:30 p.m. 

Human Resources 103A


“It’s not what you say but how you show it”… First year students are little caterpillars who need guidance and counseling. Once they receive that guidance they can eventually blossom in beautiful butterflies and change the world. Who will help them with their transformation?? This training session will explore the transformation stages in a first year student’s life and ways you can be a part of that process.

Dominique Bryan

Dominique Bryan is a Graduate Hall Director here at the University of Louisville. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.  She was awarded Who’s Who for both High School Students and College/University Students. During her undergrad she also received a metal for “Most Improved Player” for soccer during her freshmen year of college. She served as a Peer Advisor for incoming first year students, in which purpose was to help students to transition from high school to college. She is a vibrant, passionate, and ambitious individual that is not afraid to go after her goals. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development with a concentration in Human Resources Leadership. Upon graduation in May 2015, she hopes purse her career goal as an Employee Relations Specialist.