First-Generation Grads Initiative

The First-Gen Grads Initiative Pilot Program

First-generation graduate students is one group which struggle with navigating the varied spaces within higher education. This initiative is designed to address the needs of first-generation graduate students with a multi-pronged approach involving 1) peer mentorship, 2) professional development, and 3) a series of networking events. Ultimately, the goal of this program is to support graduate students in their development and ensure student success. 

Peer Mentorship Program

Through a peer mentorship program, graduate students will be able to take advantage of the knowledge of their peers in both formal and informal settings. Graduate students who have advanced to candidacy will be paired with students who are in the early stages of their academic careers. 

Professional Development Workshops

The first-generation graduate student initiative will include a series of professional development events designed to support students in both their personal and professional development. These events will strive to be active, engaged, and community-based. 

Networking Events

One of the goals of the program is to create awareness as well as a sense of connection among first-generation students. To that end, a series of networking events will be designed to provide a space for first-generation graduate students to network, speak out about their experiences, as well as challenges in graduate school.