WTAMU Speaker to Discuss Issues Faced by First-Generation Students

March 21, 2018

CONTACT:    Dr. George Pacheco Jr., 806-651-2350, gpacheco@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Speaker to Discuss Issues Faced by First-Generation Students


CANYON, Texas—Liza Talusan, a scholar-practitioner, will look at first-generation students in “Reaffirming Commitment: Using a Coaching-Based Model to Support First-Generation College Student Success” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall at West Texas A&M University. Her presentation is part of the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Talusan will examine several ways first-generation students can strategically engage in success by aligning values with behaviors. She has worked in different aspects of student affairs for more than 20 years and has developed programs to support students from underrepresented backgrounds, including first-generation college students. Her research focuses on issues of access and equity, including identity, race, socialization and financial-aid policies.

As a trained life and leadership coach, Talusan combines her extensive work in higher education with an experiential approach to developing success. Trained by the Institute for Professional Education in Coaching (iPEC), Talusan helps people achieve personal and professional goals by tapping into their strengths and vision for a goal-centered life.

For more information about Talusan’s presentation, contact Dr. George Pacheco Jr. at gpacheco@wtamu.edu or visit wtamu.edu/dls.

About West Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 2007 to enhance student education. The mission of the DLS is to invite persons of national prominence to the WTAMU campus in order to expose students to experts and well-known speakers. DLS-funded events are free and open to the public.



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Kcie Rodriguez
on 3.23.2018

Hello. My son will be going to WTAMU in the fall and will be a first-generation student and we are very ecstatic about it. This topic that Liza Talisman will be discussing sounds very interesting and I would love to be a part of it. However, I live almost 2 hours away. Is there going to be a live feed available? If there isn't then can you please email some info on it. Thank you so much and God bless.