FirstGen Experience Video Modules

As a university, we are uniquely positioned to study and address the challenges that face our FirstGen students. Here, faculty provide insight, expertise, and experiences to prompt discussion. 

Imposter Syndrome - Carolyn Thomas

March 11, 2019

If you feel like maybe you don't belong at UC Davis, or it seems like everyone around you knows something you don't, you may be suffering from imposter syndrome.

Carolyn Thomas, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education and a professor of American Studies talks about her experience with imposter syndrome as a graduate student, and has some advice for coping.

Jeanette Ruiz - Code Switching (Video)

October 18, 2018
Jeanette Ruiz Department of Communication

Communications professor Jeanette Ruiz discusses code-switching--the practice of alternating between two or more languages or varieties of language --as part of the first generation student experience. 

Jeanette Ruiz - FirstGen Story (Video)

October 18, 2018
Jeanette Ruiz Department of Communication

Communications professor Jeanette Ruiz shares her first generation college student story. 

Marina Crowder (Video)

October 10, 2018
First Generation faculty member and UC Davis alumna Marina Crowder recalls her experiences as a first gen college student. The video is part of the FirstGen First Year Seminars series, produced to help college faculty connect with first gen students.