UCSB First-Gen Community

The UCSB First-Gen Community site was developed by the Office of Undergraduate Education with input and materials from the Admissions, Educational Opportunity Program, Graduate Division, Orientation Programs, Student Affairs Academic Initiatives, and UCSB Library.

For questions about the site, please contact:
Malaphone Phommasa, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Academic Success Initiatives, Office of Teaching & Learning

UCSB First-Gen Faculty Initiative

UCSB's First-Gen Faculty Initiative is part of a UC wide initiative supported by the Office of the President that aims to support first-generation college students by identifying first-generation faculty members.

All students face a challenging transition as they begin college but first-generation college students face additional challenges navigating a completely new and unfamiliar culture. One way to help first-generation college students succeed is to create a sense of shared identity and connection. For a first-generation college student knowing that they have professors who began their own career as a first-generation student can make it easier to ask for help, speak up in class, or talk about careers in academia, such as research or teaching.

UCSB's First-Generation Faculty Initiative has the following goals:

  • Provide a sense of community, accessibility, and encouragement for first-generation college students by sharing first-gen faculty stories and perspectives
  • Provide resources for both first-generation college students and campus organizations and departments to help foster further connections between first-generation students and the campus community

For questions about the First-Gen Faculty Initiative, please contact:
John Latto, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education

NASPA First-Gen Forward

UCSB was designated as a 2020-2021 NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success First-Gen Forward Institution