Here at Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development, first-generation means many things. Traditionally first-generation means students whom are the first in their family to attend and complete an undergraduate degree. But we believe it doesn’t end there. To us, first-generation means you may be the first in your family to enroll in a graduate or doctorate program. Or you may be the first in your family to become a teacher, counselor or educational leader.
We believe first-generation students at all levels deserve support and the opportunity to have a mentor who has been through similar circumstances.
The First-Generation Matters mentorship project connects first-generation students to first-generation faculty and staff mentors. Students receive the opportunity to build connections with faculty and staff who have been in their shoes and understand some of the hurdles first-generation students go through. Mentors help guide students to see the different pathways they can take in their education and career. They also provide support through professional development and assist the student with any challenges they may have. The First-Generation Matters mentorship project provides support to first-generation students not just for the journey through college but also the journey into their career.