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About the Event
First generation college students are the first members of their family to attend a post-secondary learning institution and these students tend to doubly identify as low income students. FGSU has identified the need to create a safe space for sharing ideas across universities in British Columbia around this identity. The FGLI conference would be a one-day event split into two sections, the morning section targeting awareness around five main themes and the afternoon session centered around forming working groups that commit to implementing interventions around the five themes. These themes include food insecurity, financial wellness, STEM retention, mental health, and sociocultural barriers. The conference will tentatilly be held over a weekend during Reading Week (2021). Our objectives are creating a safe space for a discourse on inequities within higher education, creating a opportunity for first-gen students and representatives from universities in BC to collaborate and discuss the availability of support for first-gen students at university through local resources, developing a working group or think tank made of students, staff and faculty members from different universities to implement changes and increase their efforts for inclusivity within the university system for first-gen and low income students and finally encouragimg the sharing of resources, information, data collected and intervention plans across universities in BC around the challenges faced by this student group and efforts in addressing them.