Three years ago, a student at Columbia University started a conference to support and encourage first-generation and low-income college students…. The student-run events aimed to add confidence; explain common approaches to first classes, internship and jobs; and help first-generation students — estimated to be one-third of college students — feel supported and connected.

– RUTH SERVEN SMITH, The Daily Progress, “Conference at UVA discusses support network for first-gen students”
Moderator leads discussion among students
Former Programs Chair and current National Team member Michaela Moses moderates a discussion among students on Day 1 of the 2019 National Conference.

[The conference] stretched over three days in March and drew nearly 200 students and administrators from UVA and 20 schools around the country. Day one examined the issues first-gen and low-income students face. Day two focused on solutions, and day three examined what to do with all the newfound knowledge.”

– JANE KELLY, UVA Today, “Students Lead the Charge to Make UVA a Destination for First-Generation Peers”
Former Conference Co-Director and current National Team member Josh Farris hosts an organizing meeting the day before the 2019 National Conference at UVA. Photo by Dan Addison, UVA University Communications. Courtesy of UVA Today.

[Josh] Farris didn’t hear the term “first-generation” — and didn’t think to apply the label to himself — until his third year at UVa, when he attended a conference for first-generation and low-income college students called AL1GN. Learning about social ideas of first-generation and low-income college students [at AL1GN] helped to solidify some of his experiences at UVa, he said.”

– ZACK WAJSGRAS, The Daily Progress, “Opening the door for other first-generation students”


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