Join us in Flagstaff, Arizona, as we share experiences, creative solutions, and insights with other professionals on successes and challenges guiding first-generation student success. Learn approaches to classroom instruction, successful support programs, learning strategies, community building, and assessment.
Registration will close on September 20, 2018 or when we reach capacity.
You can register up to 5 people on one form. If a non-attendee is paying for the registration, please indicate payer contact information on the form.
After your payment through NAU Central Ticket Office is processed, the payer may receive two emails:
• Ticket Purchase Confirmation – addressed to the payer and serves as payment receipt
• Print at Home Tickets – you may choose to print the ticket(s), but it is not necessary for conference check-in. The payer’s name will be listed on the ticket.
The conference planning team will send a registration confirmation notice to each registrant, followed by periodic communications leading up to the conference. Please be patient; our conference planning team is comprised of volunteers and it may take 1-2 weeks for this registration confirmation notice to be sent. Please contact us if you have any questions.
5:30 pm – Check-in available
6:00 pm – Welcome Reception (optional)
8:00 am – Check-in opens | Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sonja Ardoin
10:30 am – Workshop 1
11:30 am – Workshop 2
12:30 pm – Provided lunch with Student Panel
2:00 pm – Workshop 3
3:00 pm – Workshop 4
4:00 pm – Closing Remarks and Activities
4:30 pm – Conference concludes
• Increase your knowledge and skills for helping first-generation college students achieve academic success.
• Learn from experts in the field of education, experienced working with first-generation students.
• Influence the inaugural and future format of First-Generation Southwest Symposium.
• Build a strong network for ongoing support in guiding first-generation students.
• Enjoy a healthy atmosphere, inside and outside, on our beautiful mountain campus in autumn.
The First Generation Southwest Symposium will be held on the campus of Northern Arizona University in the Du Bois Center. There are numerous options for lodging within 1 mile of the symposium; the list below is partial and meant to provide a general sense of the available options and pricing.
The First Generation Southwest Symposium will be held in Flagstaff, AZ at Northern Arizona University’s du Bois Center.
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport is the closest airport to the conference site (approx. 4 miles) and is serviced by American Airlines. Access to and from the airport is available by taxi, Uber, Lyft, and rental car.
Phoenix Sky Harbor is located approximately 150 miles south of Flagstaff. Shuttles are available from the airport to NAU via Arizona Shuttle. Renting a car is also an option.
Flagstaff and NAU are very walkable communities. Everything you need to reach for the conference is available within a short walk.
Flagstaff is also supported by the Mountain Line bus system. Route 10 goes through campus to lovely downtown Flagstaff. Mountain Lift also offers paratransit service for people with disabilities who do not have the functional ability to ride fixed-route buses.
Flagstaff also has a number of taxi companies, Lyft and Uber services.
We have a limited number of NAU visitor parking passes available. Please note on your registration if you need one.
All of the local hotels offer free parking. If possible, we recommend leaving your car at the hotel and walking, taking the public bus system, or using a shared-ride service to the conference venue.
We planned this conference so that visitors can see Flagstaff at its finest. If you plan on spending time in Flagstaff after the conference, here are some things that we recommend:
For more information on entertainment, culture, food and drink, check out the Flagstaff Visitor Center. Also, feel free to stop by the conference registration desk to ask for help and suggestions.
A note on weather. Flagstaff is located at 7000’ elevation, and has a drastically different climate than other parts of the state. Plan for daytime highs in the 60s and nighttime lows in the 30s, with weather that is typically clear and sunny. Layers are helpful for managing the weather extremes.
A proud first generation college student, Dr. Ardoin’s research focuses on social class identity in higher education, college access and success, leadership, and career strategies in student affairs. She is author of the recently released College Aspirations and Access in Working-Class, Rural Communities: The Mixed Signals, Challenges, and New Language First-Generation Students Encounter.
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