11th Annual Symposium
June 15-17, 2022 | Cleveland, OH

Workshop B – 2018

Workshop B: Exploring Entrepreneurial Engagement with FirstGen Students

Additional $75 Fee


  • Ian Grant, University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center
  • Marc Sedam, University of New Hampshire

Engaging first-generation college students (FirstGen) in entrepreneurial activities is expanding on many university campuses, especially at the University of New Hampshire. FirstGen is generally defined as the first person in a family to graduate with a four-year bachelor’s degree but even that definition is not universally agreed upon.

This workshop is a continuation of last year’s initial focus on FirstGen and entrepreneurship. There is no better way to accelerate success than to leverage best practices in the area of FirstGen entrepreneurial engagement and to learn from other universities’ failures and successes. Our focus will be on the sharing of best practices, idea generation, recent studies, and data collection surrounding FirstGen issues and how entrepreneurship engagement can help impact success.  At this workshop, you will: 

– Hear about the regional similarities and differences in FirstGen students around the country
– Discuss how innovation and entrepreneurship engagement with FirstGens has helped — and could help even more — in their successful education and careers
– Join in on brainstorming and the creation of new ideas and solutions for this important group of students


  • Ji Mi Choi, Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Eda Sanchez-Persampieri, St. Francis College (NY)
  • Bara Watts, Oberlin College (OH)
  • Isabelle Monlouis, Georgia State University (GA)

FirstGen Student Panel:

  • We will have several FirstGen students engaged in innovation and entrepreneurship from University of New Hampshire and UMass Lowell