First Generation Nebraska

Chancellor Ronnie Green
Tim Carr

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.

Sign up for the email list

First Generation Nebraska

2019 Fall Semester Events

Sep 25 3-4:30 pm

First Gen Grad Student Mixer

Dairy Store
East Campus
Oct 8 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Share a Meal

Willa Cather Dining Center
Nov 5 7:30 - 9:00 AM

"Crossing Borderlands"

Faculty and Staff Breakfast Webinar and Discussion Red Cloud A,
Willa Cather Dining Complex
Nov 6 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Share a Meal

Willa Cather Dining Center
Nov 7

First Gen Coffee and Donuts

Love North Commons
Nov 8 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

National First Gen Day Fair

The Crib
Nebraska Union

2020 Spring Semester Events

Additional spring dates coming soon

Jan 29

Welcome Back Waffles

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.

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 | (cochair) FGN Coordinator and Associate Director, William H Thompson Scholars Learning Community
  • Lori Romano | Director, First Year Experience and Transition Programs
  • Colette Yellow Robe | Counselor, TRIO Programs
  • Darwin Archie | Project Activities Coordinator, Student Support Services
  • Blake Graham | Assistant Professor, University Libraries
  • Alexis Grossnicklaus | Undergraduate, Psychology
  • Jennine Capo Crucet | Associate Professor, Department of English and Institute of Ethnic Studies
  • Moi Padilla | Director, Nebraska College Preparatory Academy
  • Lesley Esters | Director of Assessment and Staff Development, Student Affairs
  • Steven Jara | Assistant Forester, Nebraska Forest Service
  • Letty Garcia | Career Advisor, Career Services
  • Anna Hiatt | Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Biological Sciences
  • Ashley Mulcahey Toney | doctoral student, Nutrition and Health Sciences
  • Gwendolyn Combs | Associate Professor, Management, and Director of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion
  • Shelby Jones | Undergraduate, Biological Sciences