Profiles of our UCSC First-Gen community

Our UC Santa Cruz first-generation community are making their mark here on campus, locally, regionally, and around the world. Thousands have contributed to education, research, social justice, and more. Our first-gen alumni are going places and giving back. Current faculty chart new paths in our understanding and support the educational aspirations of our undergraduate and graduate students. Our staff contribute daily to promoting a campus of inclusion and support for our educational mission.

Alumni, faculty, staff, and students have all generously allowed us to share their rich stories of persistence, innovation, and creativity. We are grateful to them for giving us insights on what paths they have forged as first-gen college grads and current students.

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