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 By Samantha Borrego M.S.
"Implementing a successful initiative can be daunting. You put a lot of time and effort into it, and students don’t show up. In this post, I would like to share how First Generation Initiatives at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) launched successful programs. If you are new to your role or want to start the program afresh, I hope you will find this post helpful..."

FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT GUIDE

This guide helps first-generation students understand the challenges and unknowns they’ll face while also offering concrete guidance, support, and resources.


FIRST-GEN FORWARD
 By Matt Watson 
"College students who are among the first in their family to pursue higher education often require additional resources to succeed. Now, colorado's first-gen students are taking their requests for additional support to the state capitol. Those students – 56% of Roadrunners – are more likely to require additional assistance to navigate life outside the classroom to set them up for academic success."
By Matt Watson
"One-third of Roadrunners are first-generation students. Here are 5 five things you can do to support them. Watch the video to learn more."
CELEBRATE NATIONAL FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT DAY
By Lindsey Coulter
"Today, recognize the 49.1 percent of Roadrunners who identify as the first person in their family to go to college. Metropolitan State University of Denver faculty, staff, and students are invited to join TRIO Student Support Services and First-Gen Initiatives today in celebrating National First-Generation College Student Day. "

By Samantha Borrego and Kristy Lyons, Ph.D., on behalf of CAESS,
"The diversity of experiences that first-gen students bring to MSU Denver enriches our University. By ensuring that these students thrive, we ensure that MSU Denver thrives, and we uphold our promise to provide the high-quality education that our students deserve." This article explains ways you can support first-gen students.
By Cory Phare
"This is Do’s second visit to MSU Denver to inspire students, as he’d previously worked with the University’s Peer Mentor Program to work with sophomore-level students. His return visit focuses on families and support networks in the process of student retention and persistence."

By Tisha Townsend
"National First-Gen Celebration Week is a time for Metropolitan State University of Denver to celebrate our trailblazing students. First-generation students are not only the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree but are strong, powerful, and resilient leaders. First-gen students are dedicated to pursuing their academic goals, and we are proud of all they have accomplished." 

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