Center for Faculty Innovation

Developing Inclusive Classrooms for First-Generation Students

Tue, 8 Nov 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us in welcoming Dr. Rachel Gable, author of the “Hidden Curriculum: First-Generation Students at Legacy Universities,” to campus to discuss the experiences of first-generation students within the classroom.

During this roundtable, faculty will discuss with colleagues strategies they use to make the classroom welcoming for first-generation students and hear more about Dr. Gable’s work.

Light refreshments will be provided.

November 8th from 10-11:30am

The Union, Room 256

Registration Closed for In-Person event

Now offering the presentation as a Hybrid event! Click the following link to register to join us through Zoom if you missed the in-person registration window!


Deadline: Nov 7 @ 3pm


Rachel Gable, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Rachel Gable is director of institutional effectiveness at Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University. To write her book The Hidden Curriculum: First Generation Students at Legacy Universities, Rachel conducted more than 100 interviews with first-generation students at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Her research reveals how the hidden curriculum at legacy universities often catches first generation students off guard, poignantly describing the disorienting encounters on campus that confound them and threaten to derail their success. Gable shows how first-gens are as varied as any other demographic group, and urges universities to make the most of the diverse perspectives and insights these talented students have to offer.  

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only, unless otherwise noted. 

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us at or (540)568-4846.

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