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Discussions for First Generation Students

Written by on September 6, 2021

Photo Courtesy TRIO Student Support Services 

NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University’s TRIO Student Support Services will be opening the table for discussions with first-generation students.  

TRIO is launching a podcast called “First Generation Triumph” focusing on the stories of first-generation students and their narratives. The podcast will launch Tuesday, Sept 7 with panelists at the Old Main Room in the Bone Student Center.  

Makiah Watson will be a host on the podcast, and she says they hope to change the narrative around first-generation students.  

“It is important that we don’t add a deficit to first-generation students, but instead we allow them to change that narrative. We want others to understand we bring social and cultural capital. We also want them to understand those who are first-generation bring triumph and trials, but those trials allow us to overcome,” said Watson.  

She also encourages students that are not the first generation to attend the event to provide support.  

“You need that support when you are trying to maneuver campus life.  That is why I think it’s important to come out to show support and love,” said Watson. “It’s all about support and community. It’s about really showing that community and not allowing those who are first-gen to feel alone and afraid.” 

The podcast will be featured on Instagram with the handle @firstGenTriumph. An episode will air every fourth Tuesday of the month.