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What does "first generation" mean?

A first-generation student is defined as someone "whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) do not have a four-year college degree." The importance of the work, according to the Center for First-Generation Student Success, is implied in the term "first-generation" due to "the possibility that a student may lack the critical cultural capital necessary for college success because their parents did not attend college."

First Generation Monarchs Committee

Our First Generation Monarchs Committee works hard to strategically ensure first-gen student success through four priorities: advocate, bring awareness, celebrate, and support.

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Rochelle Plummer
Associate Vice President for Academic Success
ex officio
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Jasmine Giddings
Director of Multicultural and International Student Programs


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Rose Gryskevicz '96
Director, Engagement & Experience


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Kelly Lettieri
Director for Achievement Plus and International Studies


Portrait of Amy Futoma

Amy Futoma
Technical Professor of Mathematics

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Cynthia Bednarski
First-Generation Student
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Martin Lacayo
Director of Hispanic Outreach

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