MIT First-Gen Initiative for Graduate Students
In March 2019, I organized a kickoff event to introduce a new first-generation network for graduate students at MIT. The dinner was sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education through a Graduate Student Life Grant, with help from the First Generation Program (FGP). The invitation was for graduate students at MIT (Post-doc, PhD, or MA) whose parent(s) have not received a college degree and/or who come from low-income households.
MIT’s existing FGP targets undergraduate students, and has successfully provided support to first generation undergraduate students. Yet in many cases, the support needed among first generation students becomes even greater in graduate programs (See the link for resources). This event aimed to launch a similar initiative for graduate students and provided an opportunity to meet each other and brainstorm how to best support first-generation graduate students in the future.
In 2019-2020, I will serve as the inaugural constituency representative of first-generation students at MIT's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
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