“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

Why Should I Work For a Non-Profit?

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The Muse offers this interesting article outlining some of the advantages to getting your career started in a non-profit. It also dispels some myths. Drew is incredibly connected in the non-profit space – come to the Career Center or visit …

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First-Generation Success Story: Dr. Raúl Rosales

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Dr. Raúl Rosales, C’99, Professor of Spanish at Drew University

Practice Self-Awareness. 
Be comfortable in your own skin.
Rise up to challenges. Give your all.
Know that you are not alone.

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.”
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First-Generation Success Story: Dr. Kesha Moore

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Dr. Kesha Moore, Associate Professor of Sociology at Drew University

Be Passionate about what you do.
Invest in People.
Be Open to Asking for Help.
Go through those open doors.

“Developing a clear vision of your desired future with a …

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First-Generation Success Story: Dr. Sandra Jamieson

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Dr. Sandra Jamieson, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at Drew University

Find a mentor. Be a mentor.
Build Bridges.
Seek Help.
Open the door to good luck.

 “The big question is whether you are going to be able to …

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