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1st annual First-Generation Week Nov. 12 – 15

First_Generation Open House

November 12, 2019 - 03:33 PM

First-Generation t-shirtA first-generation college student is one who is the first in their immediate family to go to college. Mt. SAC has a lot of them. Nearly half the student population at Mt. SAC is first-generation, and it is for this reason that the school will hold its first ever week of festivities to honor those students and give them inspiration to persevere to get their degree.

Eric Lara“We want our first-generation students to realize how many of the faculty and staff are also first-generation,” said Eric Lara, the Associate Dean of Student Success & Equity. “Students may see the position or tittle and just assume that person came from a college-educated family. But many times, they came from the same neighborhood and Equity Center staff holding First-Generation flagsstruggled through college, just like our first-gen students are going thorough right now.”

First-Generation storiesThe week has a number of events including:

Tues. November 12 – First-Gen Open House at Equity Center (Bldg. 16E)  (9am – 5pm)

Wed., November 13 - First-Gen Mixer at Bldg. 13 Patio 11:30am - 1:30pm. Refreshments served.

Thurs., November 14 - Talk by Reyna Grande, author of "The Distance Between Us", about her experience Note of encouragementan immigrant (first 150 get a free book). at Bldg. 13-1700 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Dinner will be provided.

Fri. November 15 - College Visit: USC.


In fact, the President  & CEO of Mt. SAC: Dr. William Scroggins is First-Gen. In this video, Dr. Scroggins tells his story of going to college - an unfamiliar world that he had very little knowledge of or preparation for before he attended.