First Generation Nebraska

Chancellor Ronnie Green

First Generation Nebraska

We're working to make our campus more "first generation friendly" by developing links between first-generation college students and faculty and staff who share a similar academic experience.

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First Generation Nebraska

2021 Fall Semester Events

Aug 24 9:00 am–11:00 am

Show Up and Show Off

Grab a First-Gen T-shirt Love Library Link
Aug 25 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Show Up and Show Off

Grab a First-Gen T-shirt Love Library Link
Aug 27 12:30 pm–2:00 pm

First Gen Friday: Let’s Get It Poppin’

Front of Morrill Hall
Sep 3 Time TBA

Football Friday for First Gen Scholars and Alumni

Cohosted by the Nebraska Alumni Association Wick Alumni Center
Sep 16 11:30 am–1:00 pm

Share a Meal

Willa Cather Dining Complex
Oct 7 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

First-Gen Networking Event

Centennial Ballroom, City Campus Union
Nov 8-12

National First Gen Celebration Week

More details to come!
collage of First Gen Nebraska activities

About First Generation Nebraska

In fall of 2017, Nebraska's Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor launched First Generation Nebraska, an initiative designed to link first-generation college students and faculty and staff who share a similar academic experience with the goal of making our campus more "first generation friendly."

Acknowledging first-generation status as part of one's identity might seem a small thing, but it can be critical to students' success, helping them easily identify faculty and staff who can relate to particular challenges they might be facing. First Generation Nebraska invites faculty and staff who were first generation college students themselves to participate.

How can faculty/staff participate?

Sign up for our mailing list. You will receive the First Generation Nebraska Button and office placard. Faculty and staff are encouraged to display the placard on their office doors and wear the FGN button to help first-generation students identify individuals who are receptive to sharing their own experiences.

In addition, you will be invited to participate in social events with first generation students and workshops for faculty and staff focused on how to meet the needs of FG students in and outside of the classroom.

First Forward

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has been recognized as a First Forward Institution for its commitment to improving experiences and outcomes of first-generation college students. Learn more.

The First Generation Nebraska initiative was recently named a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2020 Inspiring Affinity Group Award, which recognizes programs that provide higher education professionals mentoring, collaboration, and social networking opportunities.

INSIGHT into Diversity award

First Generation Advisory Board

The FGN Advisory Board meets once a semester to provide feedback to the EVC office regarding how to best support first generation students, staff, and faculty.

FGN Advisory Board Members

  • Amy Goodburn | Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Education (co-chair)
  • Ashlee Young | FGN Coordinator and Associate Director, William H Thompson Scholars Learning Community (co-chair)
  • Darwin Archie | Project Activities Coordinator, Student Support Services
  • Eva Bachman | Director, Graduate Student Support, Office of Graduate Studies
  • Nicole Busboom | Outreach Coordinator, EPSCOR
  • Megan Christensen | Assistant Director, Academic Success and Advising, College of Business
  • Gwendolyn Combs | Associate Professor, Management, and Director of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion
  • Alfonzo Cooper Jr. | Director of Recruitment, Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Chris Cornelius | Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Lesley Esters | Director of Assessment and Staff Development, Student Affairs
  • Eric French | Instructional Design Specialist, Center for Transformative Teaching
  • Nicole Frerichs | Assistant Dean, College of Agricultural and Natural Resources
  • Letty Garcia | Career Advisor, Career Services
  • Morgan Green | Residence Director, Knoll Residence Life
  • Jemalyn Griffin | Assistant Professor of Practice, College of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Anna Hiatt | Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Biological Sciences
  • Steven Jara | Assistant Forester, Nebraska Forest Service
  • Moi Padilla | Director, Nebraska College Preparatory Academy
  • Lori Romano | Director, Center for Academic Success & Transition
  • Ashley Mulcahey Toney | doctoral student, Nutrition and Health Sciences
  • Khoi Tran | Retention Coordinator, Nebraska College Preparatory Academy
  • Colette Yellow Robe | Counselor, TRIO Programs
  • Madison Miller | undergraduate, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Spencer Schmidt | undergraduate, geology and mathematics