St. Lawrence University has been recognized as a First-gen Forward institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and The Suder Foundation.
The First-gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. The University’s First-gen Initiative supports the nearly 19 percent of students at St. Lawrence who are first-generation students by providing them with programming and individual faculty and staff mentoring opportunities as they navigate the complexities of college life.
“Being a part of the First-gen cohort is very exciting. First-generation students take pride in being the first in their families to pursue higher education and St. Lawrence wants to support them,” said Vice President and Dean of Student Life Hagi Bradley. “Given both the accomplishments and challenges associated with being a first-generation college student, we want students to know that we are here to help them adjust to our amazing community and support is always available.”
The Center for First-generation Student Success is the premier source of evidence-based practices, professional development, and knowledge creation for the higher education community to advance the success of first-generation students. Through four strategic priority areas, the Center drives higher education innovation and advocacy for first-generation student success.
As part of the 2021-22 First-gen Forward cohort of selected institutions, St. Lawrence faculty and staff will receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources.
“The Center is so pleased to welcome St. Lawrence University into the 2021-22 First-gen Forward cohort,” said Dr. Sarah E. Whitley, assistant vice president, Center for First-generation Student Success.“Through the application process, it was evident that St. Lawrence 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.”
NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Its work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories.