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UCLA’s First Gen Network serves alumni who are the first in their family to attend and graduate from college and includes students and siblings for which neither parent has received a four-year degree in the United States. Providing social and professional engagement, community outreach and mentorship opportunities through events, networking and community service, the First Gen Alumni Network will create sustainable connections and support for all members of the community.
FirstGen Inaugural Launch
We held the FirstGen Inaugural Launch Night on Feb. 5, 2018. Juana Hernandez ’09, our featured speaker, set the tone relating her personal odyssey as a #FirstGenBruin and alumni volunteer who believes that we receive by giving back. Our FirstGen Alumni filled the room with incredible energy as they connected throughout the night.
This was a wonderful beginning for the network, which we will move forward with the help of the 25 alumni who signed up to be part of the network’s planning committee. This committee will do so much to further shape this network’s mission and legacy.
FirstGen Mentor Kickoff Pre-Reception
UCLA FirstGen Mentors – spanning across the fields of medicine, finance, technology and museum art – meet and mingle, while sharing mentorship strategies, and reflecting on what being FirstGen means to them.
2nd Annual FirstGen Welcome Soirée
FirstGen alumni and students connected over dinner on the Hill at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Alumni are volunteering to serve as mentors for this group of exceptional Bruins.
Desiree Martinez’17 featured in Huffington Post and La Opinión
Desiree Martinez ’17, a sociology major and passionate advocate for equal access to education, recently wrote a letter to a former high teacher who had discouraged her from applying to UCLA. Buoyed by the encouragement of another teacher at the same school, Desiree pursued her dream of attending UCLA and becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. As a First Gen alumna and a Writing Fellow with La Compadre, Desiree continues her advocacy efforts by encouraging and inspiring families to support their students’ educational success. To read Desiree’s letter, click here.