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First Generation Faculty Initiative with guest Dr. Benikia Kressler, PhD

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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First Generation Faculty Initiative with guest Dr. Benikia Kressler, PhD

“Providing Culturally Responsive/Sustaining Instruction to First-Generation College Students: Research to Practice”

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
12-1:30 pm
Emerald Bay B, Student Center
Lunch will be provided

The Division of Undergraduate Education cordially invites all faculty to attend the Spring quarter, First-Generation Faculty Initiative workshop, with guest speaker/facilitator Dr. Benikia Kressler, Assistant Professor of Special Education at California State University, Fullerton.

This workshop will provide hands on experiences developing lessons that supports the academic success of first-generation students in a culturally competent manner.  As First-Generation College students are typically from historically underrepresented groups and are at-risk of dropping out after the first year, it is imperative that college educators are prepared to meet their needs. By engaging in culturally responsive and culturally sustaining practices, educators participate in reflective practices regarding their personal bias regarding knowledge production and academic behavior. Instructors also provide this vulnerable population with access to abstract material through scaffolding using students’ cultural capital.

Dr. Kressler received her PhD in Teaching and Learning with a focus in Special Education from the University of Miami, Coral Gables FL.  She has several years of theoretical and practical experience in the field of special education. This includes teaching diverse high school students with mild/moderate disabilities in inclusive and resources classrooms, engaging in research focused on reducing the disproportionate representation of at-risk students in special education as well as promoting teachers to become culturally responsive educators whom advocate for their at-risk students of color.  Her research centers on the intersection of culture, race, class and disability within urban schools and the role of educators as advocates for social justice for at-risk youth.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Kevin Huie, Director, Student Support Services at khuie@uci.edu. Capacity is limited.

New First-Generation Faculty in attendance will receive a new UCI FGF polo shirt.



Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm