Supporting First-Generation Students in Higher Education Conference

Oglethorpe University’s 2023 Supporting First-Generation Students in Higher Education Conference will engage scholars, teaching and learning practitioners, and community partners in conversations focused on building and instituting best practices related to pedagogy, student development, and learning to increase first-generation students’ academic achievement.

The conference will be held at Oglethorpe University on November 10, 2023.

Keynote Speaker

Headshot of Rachel Gable

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Rachel Gable, director of institutional effectiveness at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of “The Hidden Curriculum: First Generation Students at Legacy Universities.”

To write her book, Rachel conducted more than 100 interviews with first-generation students at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Her research reveals how the hidden curriculum at legacy universities often catches first generation students off guard, poignantly describing the disorienting encounters on campus that confound them and threaten to derail their success. Gable shows how first-gens are as varied as any other demographic group, and urges universities to make the most of the diverse perspectives and insights these talented students have to offer. 

Schedule of Events

Getting here


4484 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30319

For a map of campus, click here.


Attendees will park in the lot between Hearst Hall and Goodman Hall (Buildings 4 and 5 on this map) on the Oglethorpe University campus.


Entering from Peachtree Rd

Take the first exit from the roundabout. Take the second left in to the parking lot.

Entering from Woodrow Way

Take a left after driving through the gate. Continue driving around the bend in the road. Take the first right after the bend in to the parking lot.


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