College Access and the Transition Experience

Mon, Oct 28, 2013 | 7:30 PM | Livingston Student Center, Livingston Hall

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In advance of a national conference on college access hosted by Rutgers University, and in recognition of the first cohort of Rutgers Future Scholars beginning college, the Tyler Clementi Center and the Rutgers Future Scholars host a screening of First Generation (2011; 95 min). Narrated by Blair Underwood, this award-winning documentary tells the story of four high school students—an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers—who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of our nation’s top educational experts (Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm, College Summit; Dr. Bill Tierney, University of Southern California), the documentary explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation. Click here to learn more about the documentary.


Aramis Gutierrez provides university-wide leadership for the Rutgers Future Scholars program. As director, he develops academic alliances with key school, university, community, government and corporate partnerships. He also works closely with program staff in developing program curriculum, strategic planning, evaluation and assessment, fundraising, and exploring program replication on a national level. He has a background as a certified teacher and guidance counselor providing service to students and families in both Trenton and Princeton, NJ and has received numerous awards for his contributions to teaching and learning. Prior to leading RFS, he was the associate director of Nontraditional Career Resource Center at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers. Click here to learn more about the Rutgers Future Scholars, and click here to learn more about the conference, “Mission Possible: Transforming the Future through College Access.”



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