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“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.

Check out the DrewFIRST club!

DrewFIRST is a club centered towards the success of first generation college students. Students who identify as such struggle with the transition to college, and often find themselves feeling isolated and lacking the necessary support and resources to find their place. DrewFIRST hosts events and workshops that cater to professional, academic and social development for each student.


The pressure of a dream: first-generation students reflect on their college journeys

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As a first-generation student, Ivan Quintana said he felt immense pressure. He felt the weight of his family’s future on his shoulders and thought he couldn’t make any mistakes. Each step he took felt essential to the next, and he …

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Student Spotlight: Tiago Torres C’21

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Tiago Torres  C’21                                    
Major: Business
Minor: Spanish
Launch Career Communities: Business, Finance & Entrepreneurship and Arts, Communications & Languages
Launch Identity/Affinity Communities: First-Generation, Limited Resources, and Commuter/Transfer/Non-Traditional
On-Campus Job: Athletics Department

What attracted you to Drew?

I liked that Drew …

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Student Spotlight: Francesca Grout C’21

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Francesca Grout C’21 
Major: Art History
Minors: Museum Studies & Cultural Management, Biology, Studio Art, Chemistry
Launch Career Communities: Arts, Communications & Languages, Science, Technology, Engineering & Sustainability
Launch Identity/Affinity Communities: International Student and First Generation
Civic Scholar
Dancer …

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Journeys Toward Justice! Changemakers Driving Justice & Equity Forward: March 23 Through April 23

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The series is hosted by the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. Starting Tuesday March 23 and continuing through April.

Journeys Toward Justice is a multi-college collaboration spotlighting changemakers across the country who are driving justice and equity …

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3 Must-See TED Talks to Understand First Gen Student Success

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Understanding the first generation experience takes a special approach because it exists in so many unique forms. There is no “boxed” approach, and there shouldn’t be.  The more understanding extended toward each individual, the stronger the student success effort.

Hear …

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Featured Handshake Internships + Jobs

Featured Resources

The pandemic has hit us all hard.  As a result, the State of New Jersey has issued new guidelines for …

Rise First

At Rise First, we are a committed team of first-generation students and professionals working with our founder, Cindy Rentala, to …

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with our scholarship …

Jumpstart your Financial Wellness!

Did you know that Drew University offers self-guided online modules to help students understand a wide-array topics related to financial …