April 23, 2018
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Room: Marriot Room
UMass Amherst Campus
If you are a first-generation student, you are invited to a First-Generation and Low Income Student Experience Mixer.
We know that first-generation college students (typically students whose parents did not graduate from college) and low-income students are important to our campus, and yet they are not groups that are readily visible-- even to each other. Despite having an undergraduate student club and a graduate school initiative in existence, we know some students may still not know about these organizations and the programming that they offer. We also know many staff and faculty on campus are interested in supporting your experiences on campus.
Come and talk with other undergraduate and graduate students who identify as first generation and/or low income, meet faculty and staff interested in better supporting students’ experiences, build connections, create a supportive community.
An additional note:
“First-generation” for college is typically defined as students whose parents did not complete a four-year degree. Rather than adhere to a strict definition, however, we are interested in supporting students who may identify with being unfamiliar with the college-going experience within their family, or would like greater support in the navigation of college. When thinking about low-income students, we are less interested in specifying a particular income level, and more interested in having students join us whose financial concerns while in college are posing a threat to their overall sense of well-being. We recognize that not all students who are first-generation are low-income, and not all students who are concerned about financing their education are first-generation. We are raising the visibility of both of these groups of students on the UMass Amherst campus with the goal of creating collaborations and greater supports for these communities.
This is a collaborative event of First Generation Graduate School Initiative, Building Bridges Initiative, First Generation Student Group, Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Chancellor’s Office