FirstGeneration
CollegeStudents.org

About Us

FirstGenerationCollegeStudents.org is a non-profit organization founded by Kris Harvey. A first-generation college graduate from a rural midwestern town, Kris now holds a B.A. from Purdue University (graduated Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

FirstGenerationCollegeStudents.org is dedicated to increasing the number of first-generation and low-income students who successfully complete a bachelor's degree.

              

Empowering FGLI students by connecting them to each other, and to colleges that value them.

MISSION STATEMENT

FirstGenerationCollegeStudents.org is a young non-profit with aspirations of expanding its offerings. Click here if you want to help us.

Kris has been passionate for years about helping other first-generation and low-income students successfully navigate higher education. She has written for the magazine of the American School Counselor Association. Click here to read her 2004 article and here to read her 2007 article.

              

Our strategy is to assist FGLI students and administrators by:

          

(1) Providing easy and convenient

access to the best resources and information available;

    

(2) Connecting them to the larger FGLI community where they can share with and support one another.

 In addition, Kris has founded other non-profits that serve(d) FGLI students, including   CollegeKnowledge.org. She previously worked for The College Board on its CollegeEd
 program,  which is designed for first-generation and low-income student
s.

Kris has attended and/or presented at many conferences for or about FGLI students, including Stanford FLI, 1vyG, FGLI ConsortiumDuke LIFE, NASPA, AL1GNFocus on First Generation, TRIO SSS Innovation Forum, Rural College Access & Success SummitNACACCOE, and NCCEP/GEARUP.

Student Advisory Board

Papa  Beye is a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University, where
he majors in computer engineering
and minors in math, human-centered
design and venture creation.
His hometown is Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Click here for his LinkedIn profile.

Lesley Carrillo Cazares is a first-year
student at the University of
California Davis, where she majors in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Her hometown is Manteca, California and
she uses pronouns she/her/hers.

Josh Farris is a fourth-year student
at the University of Virginia, where he
majors in youth and social innovation.
His hometown is Shawsville, Virginia
and he uses pronouns he/him/his.
Click here for his LinkedIn profile.

Liz Fieschko is a junior at Georgetown University, where she majors in
culture and politics, with a concentration

in ethnic studies and migration. 
Her hometown is New Bern, NC and

she uses pronouns she/her/hers.
Click here for her LinkedIn profile.

Michaela Moses is a fourth-year
student at the University of Virginia,
where she majors in history.
Her hometown is Newcomb, New York
and she uses pronouns she/her/hers.
Click here for her LinkedIn profile.

Felicia Petterway is a junior at
Johns Hopkins University, where she
majors in public health and psychology. 

Her hometown is Fanwood, New Jersey

and she uses pronouns she/her/hers.
Click here for her LinkedIn profile.

Melanie Rodriguez is a first-year student at Florida International University,
where she is double majoring in Communication Arts and Exceptional Student Education. 

Her hometown is Miami, Florida and she uses pronouns she/her/hers.
Click here for her LinkedIn profile.