First-Generation Support Working Group (FIRST)
What is FIRST?
FIRST (First-Generation Support Working Group) is a student organization committed to facilitating community empowerment to promote belonging and success at the University of Virginia’s School of Education & Human Development among students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education.
What is the mission and vision of FIRST?
- To build community among first-generation students in the School of Education and Human Development
- To create an atmosphere that acknowledges and values the diverse set of identities that first-generation students encompass, including additional marginalized intersecting sociocultural attributes such as race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status
- To uncover and address the institutional norms and deficit perspectives within our school and the University that impede the success of first-generation students
- To foster a campus climate and culture that empowers first-generation students, through a strengths-based approach, to recognize and utilize the cultural capital they already possess from community and life experiences for success in higher education
What are FIRST's upcoming programs?
- EDIS 2895: Creating Your Path in Education and Human Development (Fall 2022)
- FIRST Mentorship Winter Experience (January 2023)
- First-Gen Grad Student Coalition
Who are the members of FIRST?
Lindsay Carlisle (4th-year Doctoral Student - Special Education; email@example.com)
Jesse McCain (4th-year Doctoral Student - Higher Education; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Helen Min (4th-year Doctoral Student - Curriculum & Instruction; email@example.com)
Theresa Pfister (4th-year Doctoral Student - Educational Psychology/Applied Developmental Science; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Who is FIRST's Advisor?
Ryan's experience includes academic program management, recruiting, admissions, operations, and human resources.Ryan Sherman
She believes giving stakeholders the opportunity to participate in a meaningful way often results in better programming.Jessica Livingston
Canvas Community Resources (scroll down to “First-Generation Student Resources”)
Looking to engage in work addressing structural inequalities and student empowerment to create an equitable environment for peers who identify as first-generation students, low-income students, and/or students from marginalized racial/ethnic backgrounds? New members are always welcome, and we would love to have you as a part of our team! For more information about joining our working group or participating in our other programs/events, complete this Participant Interest Form or contact us at email@example.com.