Triton Faculty Firsts

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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 Faculty Firsts is a comprehensive initiative to engage first-generation professors, lecturers and researchers 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!

Contact tritonfacultyfirsts@ucsd.edu to learn how you can participate.