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Speaker Explores Low Income Families and Higher Education

9/14/2006 —
JeanMarie St. Clair-Christman, instructor in human development and family studies at Penn State York, is the featured speaker in Penn State York's Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Speakers' Series Wednesday, Sept. 20, at noon in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. The free program is sponsored by Penn State York's Department of HDFS and is open to the public.

Christman will speak about "Low Income Families and Higher Education:  Research, Current Policy, and Recommendations."  A new faculty member at the campus, Christman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Individual and Family Studies at the University of Delaware.  Her current research focuses on low income, first generation college students and their perceptions of institutional and family support.  Her other research interests include educational equity for low income families, risk and resilience in adolescence and emerging adulthood, and professional development for human services students.   She is the former director of a federal grant program serving low income high school students and their families.
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