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Being the Future: New Course Welcomes First-Gen Students to the School of Humanities

Being the Future: New Course Welcomes First-Gen Students to the School of Humanities

Transitioning to life at UCI comes with a steep learning curve. This is especially true for first-gen students, who aren’t always sure what to expect when they walk onto campus for the first time. If you asked, many first-gen students would describe their first Fall Quarter as an onslaught o[...]
Introducing the New Director of the First Generation Faculty Initiative!

Introducing the New Director of the First Generation Faculty Initiative!

As we celebrate UCI First-Gen Day on November 8, 2021, we would like to highlight some of the incredible ways that first-gen faculty are supporting UCI’s first-gen community. This article is dedicated to first-gen faculty member Long T. Bui and his plans as the new director of the First-Gene[...]
What UCI Resources Have You Used? What Advice Do You Have For New Students?

What UCI Resources Have You Used? What Advice Do You Have For New Students?

For Week 9’s First Things First update, Leon and Gretta answer the questions: “What UCI resources have you been using?” and “What advice do you have for incoming students?”  Leon discusses how she’s gotten help from services like LARC and TRIO Scholars tutoring. She also explains the system s[...]
Best Practices For Faculty

Best Practices For Faculty

Faculty should publicly identify themselves as a first generation student on the first day of classes each quarter and invite students (first generation or otherwise) who would like to learn more about my academic journey to attend office hours. If I was a continuing-generation student, I will [...]
First Generation First Quarter Challenge

First Generation First Quarter Challenge

It’s going to be providing a service for the new majority, for a community that is growing and very real. -Monica Rodriguez The traditional definition of student includes that one's parents went to college. In fact, more than half UCI’s undergrad is composed of students whose parents did not [...]
Meet the Mentors- UCI Professors Who Were Also First-Generation Students Form Support System

Meet the Mentors- UCI Professors Who Were Also First-Generation Students Form Support System

By ROY RIVENBURG, JANET WILSON AND PAT HARRIMAN Professors at the University of California, Irvine, in an effort to support the 60 percent of students who are the first in their families to go to college, will don distinctive shirts and buttons during Welcome Week, identifying themselves as first[...]