First Generation Initiatives
To increase retention and graduation rates of first generation students by building community, serving as advocates, providing education on the first generation experience, influencing university policies and practices to be more inclusive of the first generation identity and, and developing meaningful programs and university initiatives that support first generation students.
Leadership- First generation students are resilient. They have overcome many obstacles to be in college, therefore, they are leaders.
Empowerment- First Generation students are paving the road for younger siblings, parents, friends, and future families. A college degree is life changing and there is pride in being the first to take this step forward.
Community- First Generation students are not alone. There is a large community of people who identify with them and/or want to see first generation students succeed.
Advocacy- First generation students have unique experiences and intersecting identities. University policies, practices, and programs should be created with first generation students in mind. The goal is to increase education, awareness, and visibility of first generation students.