First-year students—particularly first-generation, in underrepresented groups, or are socioeconomically-disadvantaged—often struggle to transition from high school level writing and researching to college level. Representatives from the University of Memphis Libraries, English Department, Center for Writing and Communication, and TRiO Student Success Programs collaborated with colleagues in academic and student support across campus on improving the success of first-year writers and researchers. This presentation describes how, using design thinking to identify topics to address with curricular and resource development, participants proposed solutions and interventions that enabled students to understand how writing and research will help them achieve their academic, career, and personal goals.

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28th National Conference on Students in Transition