FirstGen Program

FirstGenPitzerCollege_wordmark-01IGLAS has contributed to the FirstGen Program since the summer of 2015, initially funding an initiative to outreach to first-year students who are first in their families to attend a four-year institution of higher education. The initial effort in 2015 was coordinated by Professor Roberta Espinoza (Sociology) and Maria Melendrez ’16.  The outreach effort included a postcard introducing students to the FirstGen community, a welcome letter with a laptop sticker listing the events that would be held in the fall semester, a phone call to students before move-in day, a family welcome reception during move-in day and a welcome dinner at the beginning of the 2015 semester. It also set the stage for the IGLAS FirstGen Intern position that was held by Maria Melendrez ’16 in 2015-16 and Maite Cortes-Garcia ’17 in 2016-17.

Program Components

Welcome Receptions | Information Sessions/Workshops | Study Breaks | Senior Recognition Dinner
Mentor Program | FirstGen Interns (see below)
Faculty-Student Study Breaks | Newsletter (new initiatives coming soon)


Spring 2018

Financial Aid Workshop: Thursday, January 25th at 12:30pm in McConnell Founder’s Room
Writing Center Workshop: Tuesday, February 13th at 9:00pm in the FirstGen Space in Mead Hall
Senior Recognition Dinner: Sunday, April 15th at 5:00pm in McConnell Founder’s Room

 

Fall 2017

Family Move-In Day Welcome Reception: Saturday, August 19th at 4:00pm in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
FirstGen Welcome Dinner: Tuesday, September 12th at 5:30pm in McConnell Founder’s Room
Career Services Info Session: Thursday, October 19th at 3:00 in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
Fellowships Info Session: Thursday, November 9th at 12:00pm in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
Gingerbread House Decorating Study Break: Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00pm on the Gold Student Center Patio

 


We are pleased to announce the FirstGen Intern for the 2018-19 academic year!

Hiwet Weldeselase ’19
FirstGen Intern

Hiwet was born and raised in San Diego, California. During her two years at Pitzer, Hiwet has served as a Resident Assistant (RA), a member of the Black Student Union (BSU), a student staff member at the Gold Student Health and Wellness Center, and as a Peer Health Educator. She has also been involved in the W.M. Keck Science Department Summer Science Immersion Program (SScIP), the Health Education Outreach (HEO) Ambassadors Program, the student-led Identity Board, and a peer counselor at Garey High School. Hiwet is currently in the process of creating her own major in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Disparities and Global Health to study the importance in cultural competencies in health-care programs, services, and access for under-represented communities.


Below are events that took place last academic year

Fall 2016

Family Move-In Day Welcome: Saturday, August 20th at 3:00pm in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
FirstGen Welcome Dinner: Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30pm in the McConnell Founders Room
Cupcake Study Break: Sunday, September 25th at 3:00pm in Prof. Roberta Espinoza’s Faculty-In-Residence apartment
Study Abroad Info Session: Thursday, October 20th at 12:15pm in Prof. Roberta Espinoza’s Faculty-In-Residence apartment
Career Services Info Session: Sunday, November 6th at 3:00pm in Prof. Roberta Espinoza’s Faculty-In-Residence apartment
Gingerbread House Decorating Study Break: Sunday, December 4th at 3:00pm in Gold Student Center Patio

Spring 2017

Financial Aid Info Session: Sunday, February 5th at 3:00pm in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
Fellowship Workshop: Thursday, April 6th at 3:00pm in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
Senior Recognition Dinner: Sunday, April 23rd in the McConnell Founders Room