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Who Do First-Generation College Students Turn to for Support? Implications for Research and Practice

April 03, 2024
CCRC Webinar

In this webinar, CCRC researchers described the support networks of first-year first-generation college students using social network survey and interview data collected during the first-year of the study. The researchers shared the types of social relations identified by students and the ways these relations enhanced students’ college experience. Colleges may find the description of first-generation students’ networks useful for designing and differentiating services for these students.

This webinar also featured student and enrollment services staff from Cerritos Community College who discussed the advising and student support policies and practices for serving first-generation students. The speakers shared how institutions leverage students’ personal networks to engage students. The practices outlined in this webinar may be helpful to other institutions considering ways to improve the experiences of first-generation students that they serve.

Associated Papers


Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Senior Research Assistant and PEAR Fellow
Community College Research Center
Traci Ukita
Career Counselor
Cerritos College
Chelena Fisher
Department Chair of Counseling/Counselor/Associate Professor
Cerritos College
Raquel Lizarraga-Christensen
School Relations Coordinator, Office of Enrollment Services
Cerritos College

Associated Project(s)