SOTL: Thriving Together: Well-Being and Civic Engagement of First-Generation College Students

  • Beth Dalbec George Mason University
  • Sharell Hassell-Goodman


Note: This talk is part of a single SoTL session that runs from 1-2:30pm in JC Room B and includes a series of "lightning talks" that are ~5 minutes each followed by a roundtable discussion about the projects and SoTL in general. This is a great session for those interested in learning the outcomes of SoTL efforts, those interested in how to start their own SoTL project, and for experienced researchers who are interested in learning about other approaches and methodologies.


Although dedicated programs exist to serve first-generation students, there is need for more evidence-based analyses of how campus environments, such as classrooms, shape first-generation college students’ well-being and success. This session presents the results of a three-year research project that analyzed differential effects of programs, services, and classroom practices on first generation students’ development of well-being and civic engagement.