FirstGen Center

FirstGen Center

What does it mean to be FirstGen?

First-generation college students are students who will be among the first in their family to graduate with a 4 year degree. They are trailblazers and change-makers.

The FirstGen Center

The FirstGen Center is a supportive community of first-generation students, faculty, alumni, and local professionals. Our mission is to empower first generation students to successfully navigate their college experience and persist to graduation through resiliency coaching, supportive services and leadership opportunities.

The FirstGen Center:

  • Connects first generation  students to resources and supports on campus that will increase their academic success and connection
  • Fosters meaningful peer and faculty/staff relationships
  • Provides leadership and mentorship opportunities to enhance students‘ personal growth and professional development
  • Assists students during the transition from high school to college and college to career
  • Provides one-to-one resiliency coaching as well as various groups to meet students’ social, emotional and academic needs

What is resiliency coaching?

Strengths-based individualized support from FirstGen Staff to help students to overcome challenges and persist to graduation through developing perseverance, determination and grit. Our team includes Licensed Social Workers who work one-on-one with students to develop protective factors:

  • Supportive relationships –connection to peers, mentors, professors, etc.
  • Opportunities for engagement to develop skills, goals and interests
  • Positive self-image and increased self-confidence

“Alone we are strong, together we are stronger”


We are here to help you!

  • One-to-one and small group support  
  • Goal setting
  • Connection to resources
  • Navigate stressors on and off campus
  • Personal Growth and professional development
  • Navigate and get acclimated to campus life
  • Increase productive study skills  
  • Leadership training
  • Mentoring and community service opportunities
  • Support from other FirsteGen students




  • FirstGen students have the opportunity to become a part of our Student Ambassador Program which allows them to be mentors to incoming freshman
  • Monthly Meet-Up
  • Professional Networking
  • Internship opportunities
  • Social events
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Special Topics Course- 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students



Laurel G. Kaiser, Director of the FirstGen Center

Where Can You Find Us?

Our center is located on the 1st floor of the Clara Fritzsche Library Building by the Falcon’s nest!


Monday, Wed, Friday 10:00-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday- Thursday 10:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00-4:00 p.m.

How Can You Get Involved?

•    Become a Mentor
•    Become a Sponsor
•    Provide an Internship
•    Donate



December 18
11:30 AM
Monday December 18, 11:30am
Christ the King Chapel
E.g., 12/18/17
E.g., 12/18/17