2020-graduation-200x200.pngWe sent you a #FirstGen College Grad/UCSC T-shirt and asked you...

What does it mean to graduate as a first-generation college student and get this T-shirt?

You said...

erykah-bazile-square.jpg“It means so much to me to graduate as a first generation college grad. I feel like I can be a source of encouragement for my younger brother and sister. Showing them that they can go out and pursue any education that they desire. I think it’s beautiful to see others that may not have had any higher education advice or role model go out and reach their dreams. I think receiving a t shirt will serve as a reminder to me and others that first generation college students belong and they don't have to feel alone in their college education journey.” - Erykah Bazile (Stevenson College)

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The First Generation Initiative seeks to collaboratively build a network of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who identify as first-generation or as supporters of our first-generation student population.

  • Read more about our goals.
  • Learn about our first-gen alumni, faculty, staff, and students by reading their profiles.
  • Meet the first-gen team.
  • Join our effortOver 1,000 alumni, emeriti, faculty, staff, and students have already signed up to be part of this initiative.
  • Have your own initiative? Get FGI help! We’d love to get involved and support individual and group efforts that are geared towards the UCSC first-gen community.

For more information about the UC Santa Cruz First Generation Initiative, contact us via email at firstgen@ucsc.edu

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