“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world
better than you found it.” Marian Wright Edelman, American lawyer and civil rights
activist who founded the Children’s Defense Fund


The First Generation Identity/Affinity Community, is a place where students can network with like-minded alums and professionals who are passionate about their journey as First-Generation students. This community will identify shared experiences and resources central to their academic success.

Scroll through the articles, blogs, videos, and TED talks to find information related to the first generation experience and be inspired by first generation success stories. At the bottom of the page, you will find resources, including First-Generation organizations and scholarships earmarked specifically for First-Generation students. If you are interested in participating in and/or supporting this community, please feel free to share your experiences, provide resources and opportunities that may support students’ pathways to development, connect with students to offer insight and support, and inform the broader community of internships, community engagement, or job opportunities.

Students in need of academic support, contact the CAE  HERE

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or depressed, contact the Counseling Center  HERE

Have questions about your financial aid, contact the Financial Office HERE

If you need help with your anything career related, contact the Career Center HERE

Flying First – First-Generation Symposium

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Rowan University’s 3rd Annual First-Generation Symposium – “Pieces of the Puzzle: First-Generation Identities and Experiences” will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Rowan University, in Glassboro, NJ | Registration: 8:30 a.m. and Symposium: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”

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These words, spoken to an audience in Montgomery, Alabama by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are just as relevant today as they were in 1957.  It is in this spirit that the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion …

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First Generation Success Story: Dr. Daniel Pascoe Aguilar

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Daniel Pascoe Aguilar, Ph.D., M.Div., Associate Provost for Immersive Learning & Career Design

Be Resilient.
Find a Back Door to an Opportunity. 
Be Empathetic.
Know that Drew needs you!

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First Generation Success Story: Dr. Mónica Cantero-Exojo 

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Dr. Mónica Cantero-Exojo, Professor of Spanish at Drew University and Chair of the Spanish Dept., Language Coordinator

Be disciplined.
Know what you want.
Be compassionate.
Never give up.  Persevere.

“Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more …

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