A first-generation college student is one whose parents or guardians have not received a degree from a four-year institution of higher education. The First-Gen Network at CU Denver celebrates first-generation college students and connects them with on-campus resources and relationships to support them in their journey to a CU Denver degree.
SPA welcomes many first-generation students in its degree programs and has played a leading role in the establishment of the First-Gen Network on the CU Denver campus. The group’s goals for 2015-16 include:
- Build a voluntary network of first-gen faculty, staff, and students that provides opportunities for social and professional connections
- Raise on-campus awareness of CU Denver offices and programs that support first-gen students in order to more effectively coordinate resources and services
- Provide programming to welcome new first-gen students and their families to the CU Denver campus
On Sept. 17, 2015, the First-Gen Network hosted a dinner and reception for first generation students and their families. A number of SPA faculty and staff — including Prof. Callie Rennison, Dawn Savage and Nora Scanlon — were on hand to welcome first-gen students and their families.
For more information about the First-Gen Network, visit the CU Denver Parent and Family Program website.
A come-one, come-all ice cream social for first-gen students and all members of the First-Gen Network is scheduled for Oct. 15, 2015.
Also see the article posted on CU Denver Today.