Network and Programming for First-Generation Gusties

The First Forward Network was initiated in efforts to provide sustained and intentional support for our first generation student scholars at Gustavus. Gustavus does not formerly host college extensions of the programs many of our students were connected with during high school (i.e., TRiO, Upward Bound, ETS, etc.). As such, the First Forward Network initiative aims to provide guidance, direction, and resources not only as students transition from high school to college, but as they continue to navigate their journey through college.

What is meant by first generation? 

The term first-generation typically refers to someone whose parents did not attend college. 

The educational journey for each student scholar is unique. For many, there may still be significant gaps in understanding and navigating the college process even if a parent has some education after high school (certificate program, associates degree, etc.). Such gaps may lead to difficulties in the transition from high school to college, or exacerbate other unanticipated struggles along the way. While these student scholars may not fit the formal definition of first-generation, they may often experience aspects that are quite similar in nature. 

As such, the First Forward Network looks to provide accessible academic resources and social connections in efforts to eliminate gaps or barriers, while providing an intentional boost for our Gustie students, whether they meet the formal definition of first-generation, or simply recognize the need to fill some of the hidden academic, institutional culture, or social networking gaps that may be present.

EVENTS & PROGRAMSFirst generation students 2018-2019

  1. G.A.I.N (Gusties Attaining Interpersonal Networks)...formerly SIAS 
    • 2019 Summer Institute (August 26 - 31)
  2. FALL 2019 Collaborative Workshops
  3. Orientation Session 
    • Session 2 Technology Help by Tami Aune 10/15/2019 in Back 119 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Session 3 Mindfulness and/or Resilience/Stress management. by Hannah Godbout In 49er Room at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Session 4 Communication skills and verbal expressions by Carly Overfelt 11/05/2019 in 49er Room at 4:30 PM - 5:30 pm 
    • Session 5 Finish All the Things: How to Set Goals and Avoid Procrastination by Katy Clay 11/07/2019 in 49er Room at 4:30 PM - 5:30 pm 
    • Session 6 Connecting and finding your fit opportunities and techniques for growth (personal, educational, career) By Jess Franta 11/12/2019  in 49er Room at 4:30 PM - 5:30 pm
    • Session 7 Financial navigation, scholarship knowledge BY Jesus Hernandez Mejia 11/26/2019 in 49er Room at 4:30 PM - 5:30 pm. 
  1. First-Generation Celebration 2019 (November 8)
    • Tags: @COEtalk, @FirstgenCenter, #CelebrateFirstGen, #GACFirstForward
  2. SPRING 2020 Collaborative Workshops
    1. J-Term Session 
    2. Session 2
    3. Session 3
    4. Session 4
  3. FIRST FORWARD MONTH (April 2020)
    1. Event 1
    2. Event 2
    3. Event 3 - Spring Social (Date TBD)





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