First-generation college students will gather at a conference this weekend at Brown University. This conference is the first of its kind, bringing administrators and students from all the Ivy League schools together.
First-generation college students come from families where neither of their parents attended four-year universities. Manuel Contreras is co-founder of the student group 1vyG, hosting the conference. He says first-generation students often struggle to adapt to their new academic environments. They are less likely to apply for internships or ask for help.
“For a first-gen, someone who lets say came from an under-resourced high school, to suddenly ask for help, when you’ve made it all on your own, is like an admittance of failure," Contreras said
Prestigious universities like Brown have abundant resources, but Contreras says they’re not often tailored to meet the needs of first-generation students. He says the conference aims to uncover ways universities can improve support for these students.
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