Higher Education Consultant & Speaker

Matt Newlin, Ed.D. is a higher education consultant with over 15 years of experience advocating for postsecondary equity. He has worked at College Advising Corps, Washington University, and the University of Missouri - St. Louis. In his past roles, he has established campus financial literacy programs, need-based scholarships, and first-generation student programs. He is regularly invited to speak at national conferences about institutional barriers to higher education. He is a first-generation student from a low-income background which helps him understand the challenges many students face during college. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two dogs. 


Special Session Description: 

First-generation Students and Campus Employment

As first-generation student enrollment continues to grow on many college campuses, student employment professionals must be prepared to understand and serve this population. First-generation students are more likely than their continuing generation peers to work part-time while enrolled, as well as more likely to struggle obtaining an internship, career guidance, and post-graduation employment. Student employment professionals need a full understanding of the first-gen student needs and challenges to provide the best possible service for these students. Higher education consultant Matt Newlin will provide an overview of first-generation student research and best practices, as well as data collected during a research project in partnership with NSEA. 

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