FGP News

December 10, 2013

First Generation alumni from as far back as 1958 and as recently as 2012 gathered on campus November 15, 2013 to share stories and brainstorm opportunities for contributing to the First Generation Project. Photos speak more eloquently than words! ...

December 10, 2013

Inspired partly by MIT's three-year-old First Generation Project, Harvard undergraduates have founded the rapidly growing Harvard College First Generation Student Union. Students from both MIT and Harvard gathered in November for networking, resource sharing, and just...

October 11, 2013

Several MIT Faculty members have recently submitted a story to this site's I Am First Generation page. Each story is unique, but patterns of experience are emerging. How do these stories compare to your own? What can you learn from them?

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June 17, 2013

Graduation day is a significant milestone for everyone, but for a subset of the MIT population, getting their degree has special meaning. For those MIT students who are the first generation in their family to graduate from college, and in some cases, the first one ever to go to college,...

May 22, 2013

Read the newest I Am First Gen story, from Shamarah Hernandez '12, who is putting her Economics degree to work in Washington, DC.

April 26, 2013

An early passion for mechanical engineering drew first‑generation student Madeline Salazar to MIT.
Now, after four years of exploration, invention, and achievement she is set to receive her SB and enter graduate school to study the design of biomedical devices. She also...

November 11, 2012

By Richard Greenwald, Published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Nov 11, 2012
Too often these days, we in higher education simply aren't doing enough to support the efforts of students who are the first in their families to attend college. These students, many of whom are working...

August 30, 2012

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