Webinar Date: December 6, 2022 @ 2pm CST


Brief Bio: Chequita S. Brown, research associate for the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is a scholar practitioner with professional experience in the social work and higher education fields.


Title: To Tell or Not to Tell: Collegians with Foster Care Background Self-Disclosure Attitudes and Experiences on Campus


Presentation Summary: For youth transitioning from foster care to college, campus life represents a fresh start where they can be recognized as a 'normal' college student and not only as foster youth. Thus, many collegians with foster care experience (CFCE) may conceal their foster identity to avoid being stigmatized or treated differently on campus. Unless students self-disclose their foster identity, postsecondary professionals will likely struggle to identify and support this student population. 

Using a qualitative design, this study examined factors that influence whether collegians choose to self-disclose (or not self-disclose) their foster identity to professionals and peers on campus. This presentation will focus on CFCE self-disclosure attitudes, perceived self-disclosure benefits and risks and salient reasons CFCE choose to self-disclose (or not) to campus professionals vs peers.

December Webinar Registration Link:  https://wsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkc-6vpzsuHdJoiylhT-fJFhyPBMNuETSV [wsu.zoom.us]

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