First generation student experience

By: Jim Hayes 

Dr. Frank Dobson, Associate Dean of Students for Social Justice and Identity at Vanderbilt University, and faculty will discuss “The First-Generation Student Experience” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rochelle Center on Thursday, Sept. 27.

“He’s just going to be talking about his experience as a first generation student,” said, Jeff King.

“He will compare some of the obstacles faced by students today with what he faced. He will engage them about what issues they are having. Sometimes you had to make a choice between buying books or buying food,” said King.

“Dobson will talk about at one point living in his car before his academic career took off and he became an author. Lots of us have similar stories,” said King.

“My older siblings did not go to college, and I felt a lot of expectations on my shoulders because they sacrificed so that I could go,” said Dobson

Dobson received his bachelor of arts degree from the University at Buffalo in English, Literature, Black Studies and Education in 1973.

He earned his masters in English and literary Studies in 1976 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

His doctoral degree was earned at Bowling Green State University in literature and writing in 1985.

Dobson’s first novel, “The Race is Not Given was published in 1999.  His second, “Rendered Invisible, was released in 2010.

He has been at Vanderbilt for 14-years.