Conference Program

This is the final master schedule

*Check below for descriptions for each workshop and session.

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Session 1

Clifton Strengths:  This workshop is presented by certified CliftonStrengths assessment coaches. This assessment is one that identifies a person’s unique sequence of 34 themes of talent and shows people how to succeed by developing them into CliftonStrengths.  This asset-based assessment increases growth mindset, self-awareness, and success. It is a tool that has been used by students, educators, business, organizations and more.

Salary Negotiations: AAUW Start Smart is specifically designed to teach you how to negotiate salaries for a new job. In every two-hour workshop you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play and learn *How to identify and articulate your personal value *How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other strategies to use when negotiating *How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits *About the pay gap, including its long-term consequences

 Intersectionality Workshop: Intersectionality is a sociological theory describing multiple threats of discrimination when an individual’s identities overlap with a number of minority classes such as race, gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and more.

Many students who identify as First-Generation experience intersectionality in many ways.  This session will help break down some of those experiences, allow participants to explore their identities and themselves in an engaging and informative way!

Session 2

Why Grad School: The best way to change the world is to educate yourself as much as you can. Obtaining an education past an undergraduate degree by going to Graduate School is one of the best investments you can make for yourself. Join Harvard Graduate, Gloria Montiel, provide an insight as to why and how you should pursue Grad School.

Breaking the Professor and Student Barrier: Your professors have more to teach you than what is just in the books. This workshop will address the willingness of professors to work with students, and will it will help explain the importance of breaking the professor and student barrier as an instrumental way of helping first-generation students succeed throughout their college careers.
Student Advocacy: Change happens when ordinary people, or students, decide to speak out advocating for one another. This workshop will focus on how you can make an impactful change as a student on your campus by sharing the story of how student leaders at GW with the aid of GW staff and administration were able to address different issues pertaining to FGLI students.

Session 3

FG & STEMThe United States now more than ever needs people in STEM fields. This workshop will focus on how you as a first-generation college student can make an impact as you pursue a degree in STEM while also learning how you can overcome obstacles along the way while pursuing a career in STEM industries. 

Imposter Syndrome: I am not smart enough. I am not good enough. I… These are some of the thoughts that run through the minds of many college students, especially among first-generation students. This workshop will focus on Imposter Syndrome and how students should proactively address these false assessments of themselves. You earned your place at your current institution. You ARE enough.
Financial Literacy: Money talks, but you have to be careful with how you handle it. This financial literacy workshop will provide students with tips and best practice ideas when in regards to how you should handle your finances as a student and in the real world.