JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

First Gen Symposium

We are excited to host our first annual First Gen Symposium on Monday, March 11, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.! We look forward to welcoming you to North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Registration and waitlist registration have reached full capacity. If you have already joined the waitlist and space becomes available, we will release tickets from the waitlist. You will receive a message from Eventbrite on how to register.

For those who have registered – we look forward to seeing you! If you are no longer able to attend, please contact isac.outreachtraining@illinois.gov.

The cost to attend the symposium is $25 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Individuals interested in attending must register in advance. Walk-in registration will not be available due to overwhelming interest.  To receive the latest updates, join ISAC's e-Messaging service. For questions, contact isac.outreachtraining@illinois.gov.

Parking: The event will take place in Wentz Science Center (#19). Limited parking is available in lots F and G with overflow parking available in the new Parking Pavilion indicated as #37 on the campus map.


Agenda for the Day

  • Breakfast: 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • Welcome and First Gen Professional Panel: 8:45 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
  • Breakout Session A: 10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
  • Breakout Session B: 11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
  • Lunch & General Session: 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Breakout Session C: 1:10 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Dedicated First Gen Exhibit Time: 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The First Gen Symposium provides an opportunity for you to learn and share best practices for supporting first-generation students in postsecondary planning. At this year’s symposium, you will:

  • Hear from programs actively seeking to increase belongingness among first-generation college students
  • Hear from first-generation students and professionals on best practices and solutions that have come out of the barriers they faced
  • Learn about scholarships specifically dedicated to first-generation college students
  • Learn about different strategies taken by school counselors and college-access professionals to facilitate successful transitions for first-generation college students
  • Learn about developing events tailored to first-generation students
  • Understand the power of storytelling behind first-generation student success and graduation