About

A place for first-generation success

Are you the first in your family to go to college? That's something to celebrate! Join us for events designed especially for you and discover resources to support your experience here at IUPUI. You're not alone. Many of our faculty and staff were also the first in their families to attend college.

IUPUI cares about the experiences of first-generation students and works to be a welcoming and supportive environment for students who are the first in their families to attend college. While our weeklong celebration is important, we're also committed to the other 51 weeks in the year and all of the experiences that students have.

We have held First-Generation Celebrations since November 2018 and expanded to include other ways to engage our first-generation students, faculty, and staff year-round. No matter your role at IUPUI, we have a way for you to get involved.

Share your experience

If you were the first in your family to graduate from college, tell us your story. We are looking to feature stories about the experiences of IUPUI students, faculty, and staff.

Tell us about your experience

IUPUI: A First-Gen Forward Institution

IUPUI is truly committed to first-generation student success; and our designation as a First-Gen Forward Institution proves that.

The First Forward designation is given by the Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the center's research and resources.

Opportunities we receive because of this recognition help us, help you.

Committee members

Ashley Msikinya (co-chair)
Kevin Lema (co-chair)
Carlos Zapata (co-chair)
Brandi Gilbert
Tonya Hall
Janice Bankert-Countryman
Vanessa Villalobos
Karley Clayton
Evan Downey
Aaron Hollis
Allison Wigginton
Cornealious Cook
Chelsea French
Karina Cruz

Get connected

Have questions about resources for first-gen students? Want to learn more about how you can get involved to help first-gen students? Just reach out to us!

Contact us about first-gen at IUPUI