Please join us for the Sociology Spring Salon, featuring Dr. Vincent Roscigno, on March 26, 2020 from 6:30p-8:30p. This event is hosted by the Sociology Department Advisory Board and is open to the public with no RSVP required.
Title: Being First Generation - Hopes and Challenges in the Collegiate Experience
Abstract: Despite the expansion of college opportunities and enrollment over the last several decades, inequalities in attendance and completion remain pronounced for those who are first generation (i.e., for whom neither parent holds a 4-year college degree). But why? In this talk, Professor Vincent Roscigno will be discussing a large multi-methodological project on the first-generation college experience that he, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Student Life and a team of Ohio State graduate and undergraduate students, began in 2018—a project that has been tracking a cohort of 1,000 Ohio State freshman through surveys and that, through repeated in-depth interviewing, is following a subgroup who are first-generation. Drawing from these combined and continuing analyses, Roscigno’s talk will highlight the excitement and promise that these students feel in attending college but, importantly, also the very real burdens, vulnerabilities and challenges they face in their pursuit of upward mobility and a college degree.
Dr. Vincent Roscigno a Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences in Sociology. As a first-generation college attender himself, he has deep interests in processes of mobility, inequality and education—topics on which much of his research centers—as well as workplace relations, discrimination, and bullying. Roscigno is prior editor of American Sociological Review and Social Currents, past president of the Southern Sociological Society and is currently an elected member of Council for the American Sociological Association and chair of its Taskforce on First-Generation and Working-Class Sociologists.