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Rashne Jehangir

Rashné Rustom Jehangir is Assistant Professor in the Department of Post Secondary Teaching and Learning (PsTL) in the College of Education & Human Development at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Previously, Jehangir worked as an academic adviser in the TRiO program for approximately 10 years. During this time, she advised, taught, and mentored primarily first-generation students and other historically underserved students. Additionally, she served as a learning community coordinator for the college where she developed and implemented curriculum for the learning communities. Her research interests include student development, access, retention, and graduation of low-income, first-generation students and the transformation of teaching and learning to address intellectual, social, emotional, and student development. Out of this work emerged her 2010 book, below.

The Chicago Area Faculty Development Network

Invites you to an interactive event addressing:

Unpacking the Complexity of the First-Generation College Student Experience: Implications for Campus and Classroom

Friday, May 2, 2014
9 AM to NOON

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL, Room 412

Many of CAFDN's membership institutions have large proportions of First-Generation college students, oftentimes making up the majority of entering freshmen. Even so, First-Generation students are not a monolithic group. As the demographics in the United States shift, first-generation college students are increasingly students of color, immigrants, multi-lingual and low-income. Despite this heterogeneity they share many common experiences as they navigate the academy. This session will begin by drawing on narrative research with juniors, seniors and recent first-generation college graduates to examine the multiple identities that shape their context and impact their trajectory to and through the academy. The second half of the meeting will invite participants to consider structural and pedagogical shifts that could be initiated on their campuses to better support and engage and capitalize on the strengths of students who are first in their family to go to college.

*Please register by Monday, April 28, to the following website:

If you are not a CAFDN member yet, simply fill out the attached membership form and send it, along with a check for $125.00, to:

Dan Miller
c/o Northwestern College
7725 S. Harlem Avenue
Bridgeview, IL. 60455

Why join CAFDN?

In its 15 year history, CAFDN has created an identity that focuses on people and pedagogy-building a knowledge community-while acknowledging and including systems and technologies that sustain them.

CAFDN offers:

•   Valuable networking opportunities with other faculty developers for a continuous stream of ideas, sharing and improvement to our craft

•   Free attendance for an unlimited number of participants from your school at all CAFDN events

•   Cost sharing for presentations by nationally-known speakers

•   Invitations to teacher-related presentations by member institutions

CAFDN is a non-profit consortium of colleges and universities dedicated to promoting the improvement of college teaching by providing a convenient and affordable way for professionals to exchange information and best practices in the field.

CAFDN has been in existence since 1996. Our membership includes faculty development professionals from all types of schools throughout our area, covering the full range from community colleges to research universities. We have found it most helpful to learn from each other not just despite, but also because of, the differences of our institutions. The diverse requirements of our home campuses have allowed us to look at issues from new perspectives and develop a profound sense of collegiality.

Over the years we have debated every important topic that faculty and institutions of higher learning are facing: From effective grading practices to interdisciplinary teaching, from active learning to the role of part-time instructors, and from faculty evaluation to learning communities.

If you want to participate in our activities and meetings, please contact:

Page Wolf, Ph.D.
CAFDN President
Professional Development Center
College of Lake County
Tel.: 847-543-2446

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