University of California, Santa Cruz First Generation Initiative

University of California, Santa Cruz First Generation Initiative

October 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(gentle music) – The first generation initiative, I think, importantly
highlights this need, right? So how can we create these important
representations for students to really signify to them the message that they do belong here and that they can be successful here. They’re really the voices of social change when we think about identifying what it means to be first generation and what it means to support
first generation students. – It’s kind of like
something I pride myself on, being the first in my family to go. And especially when I come
back home and I see my siblings and they ask about how college is. It’s something I really look
forward to when I come home, like being that sort of
role model for my siblings, and it’s something I
take a lot of pride in. – For me to be a first generation student means to be prideful,
(speaks in foreign language), of doing what I do. I can make my way through it and I can get a bachelor’s
degree and do well in it. – David Littlefield of
the board of directors of the Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation attended UC Santa Cruz and he was introduced to the work of the First Gen
Initiative here on campus. And he was drawn to it because the foundation already supports getting students to college, but we wanted to get students
to and through college and ensure that they thrive
while they’re at university and UC Santa Cruz First Gen Initiative really hit all those notes
so it was a great fit for what David Littlefield
was trying to accomplish. – These types of collaborations that merge research with practice is really reflected in the
First Generation Initiative, where a lot of the programming is guided by theory and research findings. And the whole idea is to
use both of those things to really guide students to
and through college, right? And to really ensure their success and their graduation from the university. – The foundation is hopeful
that through the seed funding that it has provided to the
First Gen Initiative on campus that other donors or institutional funders will come forward, whether on campus through the UC system
generally or outside, and support the foundation’s initial gift in a way that’s sustainable
over the long term, so that this program can
flourish here on campus.