Category: First Things First

First Things First Named CASE 2022 Best of District VII Award Winner

We at the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL) are happy to announce that our submission for First Things First: Video Mentorship Project for First-Year, First-Gen Students has been selected as a CASE 2022 Best of CASE District VII Award Winner! First Things First, a collaborative effort between the OVPTL and[…]

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Final First Things First Conversations

To commemorate the year-long First Things First virtual mentorship project, our first-gen students and their faculty mentors sit down for their final conversations. Together, each pair reflects on the school year and looks forward to the return of in-person instruction at UCI. Professor Anita Casavantes Bradford and Gretta Ozuna  In their final installment of the First[…]

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What Do You Suggest That Students Do Over Summer Break?

In the final First Things First video exchange of the year,  Professor Anita Casavantes Bradford and Professor Pavan Kadandale answer the prompt: “What do you suggest that students do over summer break? Should they use it as a break or try different things to be a more well-rounded individual? What do you plan to do[…]

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How Will You Support Students as They Adapt to In-Person Learning?

In this newest installment of the First Things First mentorship series, Professor Anita Casavantes Bradford and Professor Pavan Kadandale respond to the prompt: “All new students admitted for the 2020/21 year have only had experience with the virtual environment. What are some of the ways you plan to support these students as they transition to[…]

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How Have You Adapted Your Courses or Teaching Style During the Pandemic?

In this latest First Things First update, Professors Anita Casavantes Bradford and Pavan Kadandale discuss what they have done to adapt their courses to the remote teaching and learning environment.  In response, students Gretta Ozuna and Leon Masuda share their appreciation for all the hard work and consideration their instructors have invested in online teaching.[…]

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How is the UCI Community Helping First-Gen Students with Financial Aid in the Remote Setting?

It’s the final quarter of the First Things First project, and our first-gen students and their faculty mentors are changing things up! Now, students Leon Masuda and Gretta Ozuna are the ones asking the questions. To kick off this quarter, Professor Pavan Kadandale answers Leon’s questions about where first-gen students can turn for assistance with[…]

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Winter 2021 End-of-Quarter Student Interviews with Faculty

  In the final First Things First update of Winter Quarter 2021, our first-gen students and their faculty mentors finally come together for a group discussion over Zoom. This time, the tables have turned with students Gretta Ozuna and Leon Masuda posing questions for Professors Casavantes Bradford and Kadandale to answer. Watch as the four[…]

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Has Being a College Student Changed Your Relationship With Your Family and/or Community?

In this newest installment of First Things First, our student-mentor pairs respond to the prompt “Has Being a College Student Changed Your Relationship With Your Family and/or Community?” Both Gretta and Leon explain that attending UCI hasn’t really affected their familial or community relationships. In fact, Gretta says that going to class and being exposed[…]

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Do You Disclose Your Identity as a First-Gen Student to Others?

In this First Things First update, Gretta and Leon and their faculty mentors, Prof. Casavantes Bradford and Prof. Kadandale, respond to the question “Do You Disclose Your Identity as a First-Gen Student to Others?”  Gretta explains that, while she is proud to be a first-gen student, she doesn’t usually disclose her identity due to lack[…]

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How has COVID and the Political Unrest in the Country Impacted You?

In the latest installment of First Things First, Gretta Ozuna and Leon Masuda respond to the question “How has COVID and the political unrest in the country impacted you as a student and as a person?”  Gretta explains that, between the uncertainty of the pandemic and the craziness of the recent political unrest, life almost[…]

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