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Training Seminar for First-Generation SOU Students

Training Seminar for First-Generation SOU Students

Join Tamam Waritu on this six (6) hours training seminar for First-Generation students at SOU. Tamam’s unique, leadership training program is specifically designed to tackle some of the most pervasive issues (e.g., imposture syndrome, self-efficacy, family issues, sense of belonging, etc…) first-gen students face while pursuing higher education. An experience like no other, this training is intentionally crafted not only to provide a high level of inspiration, empowerment, and motivation but also practical strategies and techniques on how first-gen students can cope with, and transcend obstacles and challenges to reach their academic, leadership, and personal goals. It’s a day where first-gen students see themselves not as a deficit but rather an asset, not a victim but a problem solver. A day where they see greatness within themselves and turn that energy into a practical leadership action by producing a seemingly implausible solution to some of the major issues that affect first-gen students on campus and beyond. 

About Tamam Waritu- Born into a family with no educational background, Tamam grew up in a low-income government housing with food stamps as one of their main sources of income. He graduated from one of the lowest-performing inner-city high schools and was considered an "at-risk" student. His first day of college experience felt like he was in a different world where everything seemed foreign. He spent most of his early freshman days questioning if he was college material, if he had what it took to succeed, or if he even belonged there. He thought about dropping out on numerous occasions. But the thought of becoming another statistic kept him moving forward, one day at a time, one course at a time, and eventually, through grit and perseverance, he became the first in his family to earn his undergraduate degree and went on to also obtain his Master's degree in Prevention Science and Practice from Harvard. For more information, you can visit

This event is sponsored by the Oregon TRIO Association. Lunch will be provided. The event is limited to 80 participants. Please register for this event by Monday, February 28th by clicking RSVP or by filling out this form

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Friday, March 4, 2022 at 9:00am to 3:00pm

Stevenson Union, Rogue River Room
1250 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, OR 97520

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Student Activities & Traditions

Target Audience



lecture, workshop, First-Gen

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