What Is First Scholars?

MSU Denver joins 349 institutions of higher education as part of the First Scholars Network to advance the work for first-generation student success. The First Scholars Network offers a national model for scaling holistic first-generation student success by engaging and empowering institutions of higher education to radically transform the first-generation student experience, advance academic and co-curricular outcomes, and build more inclusive institutional structures. 

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First-Generation Steering Committee

As MSU Denver works to build an institutional landscape that more holistically supports first-generation student populations, a steering committee comprised of cross-campus partners was established to support first-generation student success at the institution. The steering committee will develop vision and strategy and scale co-curricular programming and initiatives that will serve first-generation students and improve student retention at MSU Denver. The Steering Committee’s tasks is to set the baseline for the campus work that is foundational level-setting through mapping and strategic document audit processes and through understanding the population being served at MSU Denver. Furthermore, the Steering Committee will develop and recommend the overarching goal which will guide all future work at MSU Denver. We want to recognize the steering committee members for their work, dedication, and support of first-generation students as they collectively work with the institution to employ strategies that foster an environment of success for first-generation students at MSU Denver.

Committee Members

Alicia Montoya | COSI Back to Work/Displaced Worker Coordinator

Alyssa Nilemo | Deputy Chief Activation Officer

Alyson Doty | First-Generation Student Coordinator

Codi Whittington | Assistant Director of Operations and Events

Dr. Bridget Arend | Associate Director of Teaching & Learning

Dr. Bridgette Coble | Director of Career Engagement

Dr. Christine Sheikh | Student Academic Services Specialist

Imani Morning | Director of Engagement, Culture and Organizational Development

Isaac Garcia | Assistant Director of First-Generation Initiatives, Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion

Loretta Wahl | Assistant Dean/Director of TRIO Student Support Services

Dr. Megan Scherzberg | Executive Director of Orientation, Transfer and Reengagement

Nhi Dang | Associate Director of Equity & Racial Justice Programs, Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion

Sarah Goldenberg | Exploratory Advisor

Taylor Tackett | Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Wellness/Dean of Students

Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI)

First-Generation Initiatives is a program within the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to swing by our office, give us a call, or email us. We would love to hear from you!

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Campus Location:

Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) 237
890 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204




Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 173362, Campus Box 39, Denver, CO 80217-3362