Update March 31, 2020: With so many people adhering to self-isolation, we decided there might be some benefit to having a virtual way of keeping people in our community in touch with each other. Therefore, we are piloting a limited, weekly series of webinars during the era of coronavirus called AL1GN Online, starting next Saturday, April 4, with a live-streamed town hall at 5pm EST/2pm PST hosted by Dr. La’Tonya Rease Miles on COVID-19 and institutional responses’ effects on first-generation and low-income students. We encourage both students and staff to tune in and participate. If you are a student, please register here. If you are staff or administration, please register here. The first 49 students and 48 staff who register will be given the link to the interactive Zoom session; all other registrants will be given the link to the YouTube livestream.

Update March 12, 2020: With campus closures at both of our host institutions – Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond – we are no longer able to move forward with the conference later this month. If you haven’t yet booked your travel or lodging, we ask that you no longer do so. Please reach out to us if you need a formal letter confirming our cancellation.

We want to thank the Richmond team – the students and staff from both VCU and UofR – for all their hard work these past few months. Finally, we want to thank you for your patience as we are constantly adjusting to this unprecedented situation.

Who We Are

The Alliance for the Low-Income & First-Generation Narrative (AL1GN) is a student-led conference series and coalition dedicated to serving first-generation and low-income (FGLI) students through:

AL1GN began in 2015 as a coalition FGLI students and the staff who support them, growing to now include hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and administrators from dozens of schools and organizations across the United States. AL1GN seeks to provide a forum on which FGLI students can take control of their own diverse narratives while working together with faculty and staff to spark new and revamped programming at their home institutions.


You might be a first-generation (first-gen or FG) student if neither of your parents received a bachelor’s (4-year) degree. However, definitions vary between states, schools, and institutions. We encourage our attendees to self-identify, meaning that you tell us whether you believe you’re a first-generation student based on your understanding of the first-gen identity and your family’s educational attainment. This allows us to be inclusive when cultivating our community of FG and allied students without directly defining its bounds. More about who qualifies as first-gen.

You might be a low-income student if you qualify for the Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is a subsidy provided by the federal government to qualifying low-income students. Other indicators include food insecurity, eligibility for government assistance programs (Medicaid, TANF, SSI, etc), and the inability to afford other basic needs, such as housing or medication. We encourage students to self-identify and do not provide an income threshold for our attendees.

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Get To Know Us Better

The registration period for the 2020 National Conference has closed, but if you have any other questions about AL1GN feel free to contact us using the form below. A team member will get back to you as soon as possible. Looking forward to hearing from you!