On April 21 and 22, avid pop culture fans and self-proclaimed nerds will meet for the fourth biennial Pippi to Ripley conference.
During the Fall 2015 semester, colleges and universities across the country were rocked by student protests addressing racial tensions on campuses. Ithaca College was also affected by these issues, and it is among many other institutions that are now trying to heal their communities while also facing losses in enrollment and retention.
Many first-generation college students deal with roadblocks during their college career, but their struggles are often overlooked, according to panelists who discussed their experiences at the First-Generation Faculty and Student Discussion Panel at noon March 31.
Attendees of this semester’s faculty town hall meeting discussed the presidential search committee, better communication with the Ithaca College Board of Trustees and issues of diversity and inclusion.
Faculty and staff members have launched the project, “From First Gen to the Front of the Room” to create a community between current first-generation students and faculty and staff who were also first generation.
The third biennial Pippi to Ripley festival will merge science fiction, fantasy, popular culture and feminism, encompassing many facets of nerd culture.