First-Gen Profiles

  • Rafael Lopez

    First-Gen Alumni: Rafael López (Oakes '05, women's studies)

    A few years ago, as Rafael López, then a White House senior policy adviser, addressed an early-education and high-tech crowd in Silicon Valley, he realized the land on which he stood was where his mother and grandfather had once picked fruits and vegetables as farmworkers.
  • Trung Pq Nguyen

    First-Gen Graduate Student: Trung Pq Nguyen, History Of Consciousness

    I grew up in East Side San Jose, a predominantly working class, immigrant, and people of color neighborhood in the Bay Area. I grew up in a crowded refugee household; my parents fled Vietnam in 1979 as part of the hundreds of thousands who believed that the boat was safer than land.
  • Lizbeth

    First-Gen Undergrad: Lizbeth Leon Beltran(College Ten '20 Sociology and Art)

    I am a low income first generation student. My high school didn't have a lot of resources but because of the influence of passionate and caring teachers, starting from my elementary years, I was able to overcome many of the obstacles of not knowing how to pursue a higher education. They believed in me and in turn I also came to believe it.