First-Generation Students and Social Class Links

November 7, 2014: Interview with ‘Poor Teeth’ Writer Sarah Smarsh on Class and Journalism

Really great interview with Sarah Smarsh, in which she offers insight into the way media frames poor people.

November 20, 2014: First generation summit helps students claim their stories

The University of Florida recently held a first generation summit aimed at helping students learn how to claim and tell their stories. There are so many particularities about the college experience and learning how to share that with others in an honest way is an important undertaking.

November, 23, 2014: More than 100 apply for ASG engagement stipends

Northwestern’s student government recently started a program that allots a stipend for students involved in leadership activities. 20 students will be selected and will receive $500 each. More initiatives like these can help alleviate socioeconomic barriers to involvement on campus.

November 24, 2014: Student Enrichment Services director plans for new role

Northwestern recently hired their new director for their first-gen/low-income student office. The director has big plans for this office meant to serve as a center for this population of students.

December 1, 2014: First generation student: ‘We carry a different weight on our shoulders’

University of St. Thomas students discuss the “first-generation” identity and the work for their first-gen student group.

December 1, 2014: Freshman scholar program expands

Yale’s bridge program for incoming freshmen is expanding from 33 spots to 48. Started in 2013 after a first-gen student wrote an article critiquing Yale for not having one, it is set to accommodate 50-60 students in the coming years.

December, 2, 2014: First-generation students find new campus sanctuary

First-generation students at the University of Missouri have started the First Generation Student Association, a group meant to forge community among this population of students.

December 3, 2014: First in the family

A piece taking a look at some of the experiences of Princeton first-generation students, particularly examines the social barriers.

December 4, 2014: Looking to UChicago, students question financial aid policies

Yale students are calling for the administration to adopt similar financial aid measures as UChicago with its No Barriers initiative.

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