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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Online Courses

Online Courses

The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is pleased to now offer online courses on current topics related to the first-year experience and students in transition.

Online courses are designed to come as close as possible to providing students with the same course content and opportunities for interaction with classmates and with the instructor as traditional or classroom-based courses, as well as take advantage of pedagogy and teaching techniques that are uncommon or not possible in a traditional format. Our online courses take place during a four- or five-week period, with the majority of instruction occurring in an asynchronous environment. Asynchronous instruction is neither time-bound nor place-bound and does not require the simultaneous participation of all students and instructors. It uses tools such as email, threaded discussions/forums, listservs, and blogs.

Participants will earn 1.5 continuing education units.

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Each online course has limited registration, so early registration is encouraged.



Supporting Students of Color within Predominately White Institutions

Course Date: May 4 - 29, 2020

Instructor: Taléa R. Drummer-Ferrell


This course will discuss ways to support students of color at a predominately white institution (PWI). Underrepresented students have a variety of shared and unique experiences at PWIs and this course will not only shed light to those experiences, but also discuss how we can support those students. The weeks of the course will be themed around the concepts of addressing ones own biases, cultural awareness and value, cultural affirmation, sense of belonging, and best practices. This course will encourage dialogue to show allow participants the opportunity to give their own voice to the subject as well.  

Course Goals and Learning Outcomes

As a result of this online course, participants will be able to

  • intentionally reflect on own bias and assumptions that could get in the way of supporting students to ones fullest capacity;
  • gain an understanding of the importance of cultural affirmation and sense of belonging and how these can have an impact on the student experience and success;
  • discuss best practices that can help support underrepresented students through their transition at a PWI;
  • obtain knowledge from other participants discussing various experiences that support the course.

Required Text:  Cuviet, M., et al. (2011). Multiculturalism on Campus: Theory, Models, and Practices for Understanding Diversity and Creating Inclusion. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Talea Drummer-Ferrell

Taléa R. Drummer-Ferrell

Interim Dean of Students Kent State University

Dr. Talea R. Drummer-Ferrell (Dr. D) is the interim Dean of Students at Kent State University. Prior to her current role, Dr. D. was Director of the Student Multicultural Center (SMC) for three years where her primary responsibility was to support the needs of underrepresented students through her oversight of the SMC, its major initiatives and programming, and through her work on various committees that she serves on.
Dr. D. also has had experiences working various functional areas including Intercollegiate Athletics, Residence Services, Student Organizations and Fraternity & Sorority Life. Throughout her career, her focus has been on leadership, academics, career development, and empowerment of the individual student.

Registration Deadline: April 27, 2020
Course Capacity: 25 registrants 
Fee: $425

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