Triton Firsts: First Gen Community

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As of fall 2016, 38% (10,675) of UC San Diego’s undergraduate students identify as a first-generation college student. UC San Diego recognizes that first-generation college students face unique barriers to success, but we also celebrate and note the strengths and talents they bring to the campus community.

To provide greater support for UC San Diego’s first-generation college students, Triton Firsts is a comprehensive initiative to engage first-generation professors, lecturers, researchers, staff, graduate students, and alumni at UC San Diego to inspire and equip first-generation students to excel during their undergraduate journeys.

This initiative invites faculty who were also the first in their families to graduate from college to support first-generation students through:

  • Sharing their stories of resilience, setbacks and success
  • Participating in high-impact faculty-student interactions
  • Collaborating with campus departments to provide a culture of support for first-generation college students

Why faculty involvement?

Research consistently suggests that faculty-student interactions are strongly associated with positive educational outcomes and greater academic and personal development (Pascarella and Terinzini, 2005; Astin 1993; Kuh and Hu 2001). This initiative provides the opportunity for first-generation faculty and first-generation students to build relationships, exchange experiences and share support.

Get involved!

Upcoming Events!

First-Generation Conference July 11–12, 2018

First-Generation Students at UC:
Strengthening our approach to support their success


Please join us for a conference about the first-generation student experience at the University of California.

  • Date: July 11–12, 2018
  • Location: UC San Diego Price Center
  • Registration deadline: June 11, 2018

About the Conference

How can we help more first-gen students stay enrolled, excel and graduate with a UC education? Presenters and participants will share best practices being implemented on UC campuses and beyond.

We welcome UC practitioners, faculty and campus leaders with oversight of programs that address the retention, graduation and time-to-degree of first-generation undergraduate and graduate students.

For details, visit the first-generation event website.

Contact to learn how you can participate.