The tutorial occurs within the context of assigned weekly readings, research, and discussion based on current events, using media like The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Earlham Word, and TED Talks. To gain additional perspectives on current events, students will utilize a toolkit of library resources including Credo, Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis Academic, JSTOR, and subject-specific databases (e.g. PsycINFO). The result is such that students will engage with trending issues, while acquiring research competencies, library experience, and personal connections with an Earlham administrative faculty member and a few of their classmates in a small-group setting.
In the Spring, the LIFT Program sponsors 3-4 evening resource panels/presentations on topics geared for first-generation students. Attendees meet first-generation alumni, first-generation faculty, and receive guidance about educational and career planning. Students earn $150 through regular participation.