First Generation Faculty Campaign

The University of California (UC) serves large numbers of first-generation college students:  Nearly half of in-state students who began their studies on UC campuses in fall 2016 are the first generation in their families to attend college. Despite their large numbers, however, individual students often lack confidence or feel they don’t belong on a college campus. 

The First Generation Faculty campaign aims to change that by elevating the visibility of UC faculty and academic leaders who were themselves first-generation college students. The main purpose of the campaign is to foster a sense of belonging that can boost retention and success rates among UC's first generation students.

First-generation college student Denise Peralta, currently a UCLA senior, has decided to pursue a Ph.D. on her path to becoming a math teacher, thanks to UCLA professor Gerardo Ramirez, who was the first in his family to earn a four-year degree.

The UC strides to send a clear message to all first-generation students: "You belong here, and you are capable of achieving at the highest levels."

Over 100+ UCLA faculty have self identified as being the first in their family to attend a four year institution.

Check out a few of those faculty below!