First Generation

A Place for Students who are the First in their Families to Go to College

Resources, events, opportunities to connect. Check back often to see what’s new!

Events and Workshops

October 24 (tentative date): Virtual First Gen Retreat

  • Personal development: Identity/belonging/community/family expectations and balance
  • Student Engagement, Events and Extracurricular Involvement
  • Financial Aid/Literacy
  • Planning for Your Future: Grad School/Career Career Center
  • Dress for Success/Be Ready for the Event
  • "Mocktail" Networking

Follow Up Workshops (dates TBD):

  1. Personal Development: Service Learning and Self-Care: Women’s Center, others featured at Retreat to follow up with more details on involvement and volunteer opportunities; Psychological Services regarding school/work/family balance. to speak about volunteer opportunities and how to get involved.
  2. Financial Aid/Financial Literacy:nFinancial Aid office representative, Financial Literacy guest speaker
  3. Community of Learners: Study Skills Series/ College Writing
  4. Graduate School/Research with Faculty: Faculty members discuss some of the research they are currently working on with students as examples; how to prepare for graduate school and what to consider when researching programs.
  5. Career Center: Resume/Cover Letters
  6. Study Abroad: Internship or Field Experience; Professionalism. Career Center follow up: social capital; internship opportunities; work opportunities; Study Abroad benefits.
  7. Culminating Experience: Etiquette, Dress for Success, and “mocktail” party to practice networking.

Recommended Strategies

Adapted from Nancy Crimmin, VP of Student Affairs at Becker College, Worcester, MA

Ask for Help Early and Often

It may feel uncomfortable, but you’ll be happy you asked! Start with someone you connected with: a faculty member, advisor, peer coach, or other CSUDH staff member. You can also check this page and get in touch with a First Gen planning committee member, and start the conversation.

You Are Not Alone

Connect with other students and faculty and staff on Instagram or at one of our events. 

Get involved

You don’t have to join 10 clubs, play on three sports teams, and work two jobs on campus. Join in on what makes sense for you and your life. Keep up to date on what is happening at CSUDH and what we have for you.

Contact Us!

If you have any questions, please email Silvia Green or call the University Advisement Center at (310) 243-3538.