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First-Generation to College

What is First-Generation?

You are considered a first-generation college student (or FGC) if neither parent/guardian has a four-year college degree. You are still considered first-generation even if a sibling has attended college.

Navigating college for first-generation college students can be filled with questions and challenges of how to get connected on campus and find support and resources. The Lealtad-Suzuki Center for Social Justice aims to encourage students to explore their identity as first-generation students, and to encourage them to give voice to their experiences while at Macalester.

Our programs seek to uplift and support our first-gen students through informational workshops, social gatherings, study groups, and celebrations. These efforts increase connection and help build skills to help students grow and thrive during one’s time at Macalester and beyond.

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Previous Programming

  • First-Gen Resource Fair
  • Networking & Mingling with First-Gen campus community members
  • “Navigating Imposter Syndrome” Program
  • Study Nights
  • De-stress Events
  • End of Semester Celebrations