Ed Grogan, chair of the Board of Regents, shares his story as a first-generation Lute who rebuilt the engine of his ’62 Chevrolet Impala — with his dad’s help — to cover tuition. Read about why Grogan advocates for the ever-growing contingent of first-in-the-family students at PLU.
What it Means to be First
PLU administrators — all the way to the president’s office — embrace and celebrate the first-generation student perspective. Learn about the journeys of these campus leaders and how they pass on their experience to current first-in-the-family Lutes.
Faculty Proudly Wear First-Gen Experience
First-in-the-family college graduates — turned faculty members — proudly wear their experience for students to see. Learn about the path to college for a handful of professors and how those pathways inform their mentorship today.
Heritage Speakers Embrace Firsts Together
Estudiantes de español como lengua heredada celebran nuevas experiencias juntos. Read about this innovative Spanish-language course series, helping bilingual students — many of them first-generation college students — learn about Hispanic cultures and hone their dual-language skills.
Veteran. First-gen. Trans. Academic.
Rhys Jones ’16 sits comfortably at the intersection of many salient identities: veteran, non-traditional college student, academic, openly transgender. And he feels at home with all of them at PLU, where he enrolled as a first-generation college student at 29 years old.
First in the Family Community
The “First in the Family” community at PLU is one of many ways the university is fostering a sense of belonging for Lutes who identify as first-generation college students. Learn more about the wings and other resources for first-gen Lutes.
How first-gens thrive
Navigating college can be difficult for any student, but it’s particularly challenging when you or your family might not understand the ins and outs of higher education. For those learning to navigate the language and culture of college, here are five things every current and incoming first-in-the-family student should know.
Pave the Way
Maria Chávez, chair of politics and government, pulls from her own first-generation experience as she addresses the opportunity gap in her work. She brought her story to an annual conference in the fall, which aimed to advance equity, expand opportunity and increase attainment.