FirstGeneration
CollegeStudents.org

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 a non-profit 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  information, each other and colleges that value them.

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. She serves on
 the Board of Directors of FLIP National, a non-profit that supports FGLI student organizations.

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 SummitNASPA's First-Gen Success ConferenceNACACCOE, and NCCEP/GEARUP.

Student Advisory Board

Brandon Arias is a fourth-year student
at University of California San Diego, 
where he majors in Human Biology. 

Brandon serves as a Senior Peer Coach

in the Student Success Program at UCSD,

and is a principal member of his college's
First-Generation Student Alliance.

Lesley Carrillo Cazares is a
second-year student at
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 graduated in May 2019

from the University of Virginia, where he
majored in youth and social innovation.

Josh was co-director of the

2019 AL1GN conference for FGLI students.
His hometown is Shawsville, Virginia

and he uses pronouns he/him/his.
Click here for his LinkedIn profile.

Liz Fieschko is a senior 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 graduated in May 2019

from the University of Virginia,
where she majored in history.

Michaela was program director of the

2019 AL1GN conference for FGLI students.
Her hometown is Newcomb, New York
and she uses pronouns she/her/hers.
Click here for her LinkedIn profile.

Felicia Petterway is a senior 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 second-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.

Isabelle Goodrich is a junior
at Western Colorado University,
where she majors in

Secondary Education,

with an emphasis in American History.
Her hometown is Portland, Maine
and she uses pronouns she/her/hers.

Mission Statement

Our Founder

Anna Sanchez is a junior at
Texas A & M University, where she
majors in Kinesiology. 

Click here to watch a YouTube video
she made called "How to College -

Advice for First-Generation

College Students.

Student Advisory Board Alumni

Papa  Beye is a junior 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.

Annie Chen is a fourth-year student at

University of California San Diego, where
she majors in Human Biology. Annie is a
Senior Peer Coach with the Student Success Program at UCSD and is a founding member of the First-Generation 
Student Alliance.

Click here for her LinkedIn profile.

Maria Paulina Paz is a fourth-year student

at University of California Los Angeles,

where she double majors in
Political Science and Global Studies.

She is the first peson to ever win the
Arthur Ashe, Jr. Endowed Scholarship.

Click here for her LinkedIn profile.