First-Generation Students and Social Class Links

November 3, 2014: Graduation shouldn’t be endpoint

Inside Higher Ed article about the pathways of first-gen students after graduation and what universities can do to better help them transition into post-graduate life.

November 4, 2014: Making the “first gen” label a point of pride rather than shame

Williams College’s Rosanna Reyes has been dedicated to first-gen students since her time at Rutgers. This article talks about her journey and work at Williams.

November 5, 2014: SB Valley College launches first-year experience, hires director

Programs targeting the first-year transition intrigue me. As the crucial year for adjustment, what can all colleges do better?

November 9, 2014: Letter to the editor: student engagement stipends promote inclusivity, accessibility

Northwestern recently launched an initiative to offer leadership stipends for students involved in a variety of activities in order to promote socioeconomic inclusivity.

November 10, 2014: HOPE Lab: Colleges lack systems to assist low-income students with housing, food

The HOPE Lab in Wisconsin discusses its findings regarding low-income college students and how universities fall short of supporting them.

November 11, 2014: Another college access issue: financial aid jargon 

Another barrier to college access is the difficulty students face in understanding financial aid jargon. Some colleges have begun to hire staff members dedicated to simplifying the information online.

November 11, 2014: To my fellow low-income students

A Columbia University student talks openly about being a low-income, first-generation student and what needs to change on-campus.

November 12, 2014: New organization for first generation students fosters safe space, combats stigma

The Tufts First-Generation Student Council aims to promote a more inclusive culture for first-gens.

November 13, 2014: Tufts should redefine “first-generation”

Students call for a change to Tufts’ current definition of “first-generation.”

November 13, 2014: Brown launches initiative aimed at providing internships for low-income students 

Brown has launched an initiative to provide internships for low and middle-income students, a move that mirrors other colleges and universities’ desire for more workplace experience for students.

September 16, 2013: Beyond mere talk: how to really help first-generation college students

A great article from 2013 about a first-gen graduate student. It is often a neglected angle of first-gen students.

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