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Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS: Dinner and Conversation with Dr. Sonja Ardoin

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Sonja Ardoin, PhD
Sonja Ardoin, PhD

The Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS are invited to share dinner and conversation about life as a first generation graduate student with Dr. Sonja Ardoin from 5:15-6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 21st. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to bring questions and topics to guide the conversation in a way that is meaningful to the group.  Topical ideas that can serve as a base for the conversation can include but are not limited to:

  • Navigating the graduate school experience
  • Explaining graduate school to family and/or home community
  • Managing feelings of fitting nowhere (either home or the academy)
  • Exploring future paths

Please REGISTER for dinner.  We will meet at  Spanky’s Restaurant located at 101 East Franklin St.

Dr. Sonja Ardoin is learner, educator, and facilitator. She originates from “Cajun country” and is proud of her first generation to PhD educational journey, including degrees from LSU, Florida State, & NC State.  Sonja grew up poor and working class and still identifies as blue collar in many ways.  Sonja’s higher education career path includes experience in student activities, leadership development, community engagement, fraternity and sorority life, student conduct, and academic advising.  She is currently serving as program director and clinical assistant professor of Higher Education at Boston University.  Her research interests include college access, social class identity in higher education, student and women’s leadership, and professional pathways and career strategies in student affairs.  She authored The Strategic Guide to Shaping Your Student Affairs Career in 2014 and is currently working on her second book, focusing on class identity and college access.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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Spanky’s Restaurant
101 East Franklin St
Chapel Hill, 27514 United States
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(919) 967-2678