Join us in Flagstaff, Arizona, as we share experiences, creative solutions, and insights with other professionals on successes and challenges advancing first-generation student success. Learn approaches to classroom instruction, successful support programs, learning strategies, community building, and assessment.
Registration will close on October 3, 2019 or when we reach capacity.
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.
1:00–1:30 pm – Check-in available
1:30–1:45 pm – Welcome & Overview
1:45–2:45 pm – Plenary Speaker
2:45–3:00 pm – Snack Break
3:00–4:15 pm – Workshops A
4:30–5:45 pm – Workshops B
6:00–7:30 pm – Reception (heavy hors d’ oeuvres)
8:00–9:30 am – Panel (breakfast)
9:45–11:00 am – Workshops C
11:15–12:30 pm – Workshops D
12:30–2:00 pm – Plenary Speaker (luncheon)
• 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 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 High Country Conference Center, adjacent to the Drury Inn & Suites. There are numerous options for lodging, please check the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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.
Free parking for overnight guests of Drury Inn & Suites. Paid parking is available on the NAU campus near the conference.
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.
La’Tonya Rease Miles, Ph.D., is the director of first-year experience and strategic initiatives at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her responsibilities include collaborating with various units across campus, including within and outside of student affairs, to strengthen and enhance the experience of first-year students. This includes overseeing signature programs (e.g., Common Book); targeting particular populations to increase their engagement at the university and educating the campus about first-year students. Dr. Rease Miles is particularly interested in first-generation college narratives and the hidden curriculum in higher education. Additionally, she is an expert presenter, panelist, and keynote speaker, as well as the creator of the “Empowering First-Generation College Students” national Facebook page. Dr. Rease Miles obtained her Ph.D., in American literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland College Park in English language and literature.
Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D., is a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, since October 2015. Dr. Penley is chair elect of the board and chair of the Finance, Capital and Resources Committee. He is a member of the Academic Affairs and Educational Attainment Committee and the Regents Executive Committee. Dr. Penley is also the president of Penley Consulting, past president of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, former president of Colorado State University and past chancellor of the Colorado State University system. A former dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, he was a professor of management and Robert Herberger Arizona Heritage Chaired Professor. Dr. Penley has held academic positions in Venezuela and Mexico, developed educational programs in partnership with institutions in China and Mexico and is professor emeritus at ASU. He received his doctorate in management at the University of Georgia and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wake Forest University.
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