Providing Quality Service to "First Generation" African-American and Latino Students

Dr. Ophera Davis
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This paper/presentation will give professional knowledge about first generation students (ie. refers to students who are the first in their family to attend college). I will discuss pertinent and factual information regarding: populations percentages, economic impact, educational participation and appropriate use of career counselling assessments. Purpose: I will offer insight about the cultures of the African-American population so that professionals can effectively help students choose career options. Objective: Present professionals with practical information that will be useful as they counsel 'first generation' students from African-American group; Discuss with professionals how vital their role is and the level of effectiveness they can have when they have accurate information about students from ethnic backgrounds; Reveal strategies to professionals that they can use with students of color so that they can understand how education fits into the overall scheme of their lives; Thus, help them successfully move through the administrative labyrinth of an academic program whether in high school or college. Target Audience: This paper is appropriate for all professionals. The earlier we are aware of strategies that they can use to be more effective with African-Americans successfully is ultimately.

Keywords: First Generation
Stream: Globalisation, Politics of Diversity, Race and Racism, Identity, Belonging
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Ophera Davis

Department of Behavioral and Political Sciences, Bentley College

I am from Greenwood Mississippi. My educational background Bachelors and Masters of Science in Biology and Counseling from Jackson State University, doctorate of philosophy is in Education (Higher Education Administration), Saint Louis University. Professional development includes: Harvard University-Case Series Seminar: The Art and Craft of Discussion Leadership, 2004, MIT-Summer Institute on Research 2001, and Harvard University-Summer Institute for Professionals in Counseling and Admissions 1999. Publications includes: Metro West Daily -Boston Summer 2004, Editorial, Grief in black and white, Dialog Summer 2003, Career counseling in multicultural populations goes high tech or does it?, Boston Globe Interview Summer 2002, Primetime to Diversify, and Chronicle of Higher Education 1998 Editorial, Collegiate Collective Bargaining. Presentations include: ACA Annual Conference, Presenter, Anaheim, CA Spring 2003, Gillette Corporation, Inc. Historical Black College Fair; Speaker, Atlanta, GA November 2002, Connecticut Career Counseling Development Association Conference, Presenter, New Haven, CT Fall 2002. I have worked in counseling for over 12 years in admissions, as a therapist and career counselor. I have facilitated workshops in educational, Christian and corporate environments. I have taught at undergraduate and graduate levels. In regard to service, while in St. Louis, I served on the following boards: The Hopewell Community Health Agency, The AIDS Foundation and two Mayoral appointments to the Statewide Planning Council on Mental Health. In Boston, I serve on the board, Dimock Community Health Services (Roxbury) and the United Way; Girls to Women Leadership Committee and the Black Males Health Forum. My most recent service project is a TV show on Comcast cable; "Careering" which is seen in the greater Boston area. The show airs weekly for 30 minutes. My professional affiliations are: Member, American Counseling Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, Connecticut Counseling Association (New Member of the Year award 2003) and American Education Research Association.

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