Unity Through Diversity Week: Victoria Benavides will present the lecture “Owning Your Strengths: Understanding Your Resilience as a First-Gen Student.”
First-generation college students come to campus with knowledge, skills, and tools that help them be resilient. Yet, first-gen students still get messages that they do not belong in college. In this interactive workshop, Victoria, a first-gen college graduate and women of color educator, will encourage and challenge first-gen students and their supporters to step back, reflect and honor the strengths this dynamic community offers campus. She will use poetry, dialogue, and creative expression to explore the strengths first-gen students and encourage others to see that they are in fact knowledge creators and scholars.
Victoria is a first-generation, Chicana college graduate from Fresno, CA and proud daughter to Mexican American parents. Victoria has a Master’s degree in Student Development Administration from Seattle University, a Masters in Mexican American Studies from the University of Arizona, and a double Bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies and Chicanx Studies from UC Berkeley. Eager to make connections between research and practice, she serves as a Coordinator of First-Generation College Student Support Services at the U of A, where she is also completing her doctoral degree.