About First in the Family
First in Your Family. First Year at PLU.
The First in the Family community supports with first-generation students in their transition to PLU to promote academic success in their first year. PLU’s Admission Office defines “first generation” as: neither parent graduated from a four-year, degree-granting institution within the U.S. While students reside in the Community, they will develop their own definition of what it means to be a first-generation college student. Additionally, they will explore how their first-generation identity intersects with other identities, as well as how their identity affects their college experience.
Great For Students Who ...
- are the first in their families to attend college (first-generation students whose parents did not graduate from a four-year, degree-granting institution in the U.S.)
- want to connect with resources that support their success in and out of the classroom during their transition to PLU
Program + Learning Outcomes
By participating in First in the Family, students will be able to:
- engage in opportunities to understand what it means to be a first-generation college student
- share experiences about obstacles faced and how to overcome such challenges
- build relationships with other first generation students, faculty, staff, and alumni
- participate in programming that supports college transition and success in their first year at PLU
YES (for new First-Year Students)
First-year students will be enrolled in a linked First Year Experience Program (FYEP) course on the topic of social justice. A certain number of class seats will be saved for commuter students to opt into this learning community. Previous courses have included (note: these are EXAMPLES only):
- Democratic Citizenship | James Albrecht | FYEP 101 Section 05 | MWF 9:15-10:20 (2018-19)
- Between the World and Me: Race and Identity in the United States | Angie Hambrick | FYEP 101 Section 28 | TR 11:50-13:35 (2018-19)
- All Aboard! Adventures in Public Transportation | Rebecca Wilkin | FYEP 101 Section 19 | TR 11:50-13:35 (2018-19)
Below are a few examples of programs that have occurred in First in the Family in the past! If you have an idea for a wing or hall program, contact your Resident Assistant or Community Advocate to see about planning it!
- #PLUFIF Series including: dinners with faculty, LC retreat, film screenings, and more!
- Overnight hosts for prospective high school students who are first-generation college students
- Visits to local high schools to talk about one’s experience in college
- Panels on campus sharing stories about one’s experience as a first-generation college student
- “Field trips” to campus resources like the Library, which includes the Writing Center and Academic Assistance