The Center for First-generation Student Success recently announced that Millersville University is part of the 2022-23 First-gen Forward cohort. The designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources.
“The Center is pleased to welcome Millersville University into the 2022-23 First-gen Forward cohort. Through the application process, it was evident that Millersville is not only taking steps to serve first-generation students but is prepared to make a long-term commitment and employ strategies that foster an environment of success for this important population,” said Dr. Sarah E. Whitley, assistant vice president, Center for First-generation Student Success.
The First-gen Forward designation is an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation.
“Our First-Generation program at Millersville provides support for all first-generation staff, faculty, undergraduate, graduate and alumni,” says Dr. Christina Pantoja Williams, Associate Director of Student Access and Support Services at Millersville University. “The program encompasses a first-generation yearly celebration, Tri Alpha (first-generation honor society), and First Gems of the Ville (student organization).”
As a First-gen Forward Institution, interested faculty and staff will be afforded multiple opportunities to engage with peer institutions that are also creating environments that improve the experiences and outcomes of first-generation students. Selected institutions will send representatives to the First-gen Forward Workshop and will participate in monthly calls, virtual professional development, goal setting, blog development, annual reporting, and more. After two successful years in the program, institutions can apply for the Advisory leadership designation.
“With the addition of the 2022-23 cohort, First-gen Forward Institutions contribute to a national movement of two- and four-year institutions dedicated to advancing the success of first-generation students, redefining student success as a movement. We commend Millersville University for their leadership and look forward to witnessing continued progress throughout their participation,” offered Dr. Kevin Kruger, president and CEO of NASPA.
You can learn more about first-generation efforts at Millersville here.
To learn more about the Center for First-generation Student Success, visit firstgen.naspa.org.