A Digital Mentoring Resource for FirstGen Students

Connecting First Generation College Students, Staff, Faculty and Administrators at CI


This website is dedicated to supporting First Generation College Students (FGCS) and their families.


We define a First Generation College Student (FGCS) as any college student who comes from a family in which no parent has a college degree.


In Fall 2016, 51% of CI students were FGCS.



Jorge Garcia describes how mentors helped him through college and graduate school and reflects on what it was that made his mentors effective


On the importance of good mentors (click to play)

Dr. Jorge Garcia, Professor of Mathematics


Throughout this site, you will find clips of CI professors, staff members and administrators who were FirstGen students themselves, talking about their experiences in college and graduate school.



FirstGen students come to CI with many strengths. They figured out how to get here even though their parents did not have college opportunities.


The parents of FirstGen students are a special people, too. They are sending their children into the unknown culture of higher education that they themselves did not get to experience. Their support for a young person with dreams of a college degree — and maybe even a graduate degree — goes far in helping that student to be successful.


On these pages, you will find:

  • information about how to find your way at CI
  • ideas for how to connect with professors
  • the importance of being actively involved in school


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