Welcome First-Gen Bruins!

First To Go promotes campus involvement and visibility with a focus on the retention and success of all first-generation college students at UCLA. We are here to serve as a resource hub to assist current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students as they navigate the campus and provide support in building community. We are open to any first-gen student at any time! Being first-generation college is an accomplishment that should be celebrated!

Note: for our program, a “first-generation college student” is identified as a student whose parent/guardian have not received a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree.

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First To Go History

Fall 2016

Launch of First To Go

First To Go was launched by La'Tonya Rease Miles and Symone Morales in Fall 2016 with the First-Generation Welcome Soiree

Fall 2017

First Generation Programming

First To Go grew momentum with the culmination of the First-Generation College Student Awareness Week and The First-Generation Institute

Spring 2018

First Generation Advisory Board

First To Go created a campus-wide advisory board to create a welcoming and unifying culture for the first-generation college community at UCLA

Summer 2019

First Generation Faculty Initiative

The First-Generation Faculty Initiative was officially launched to increase first-gen faculty and student connections

Spring 2020

Transition to Online Learning

First To Go pivoted its resources online and supported first-generation students through social media and virtual workshops

Fall 2022

First Generation Mentorship

First To Go launched a mentorship program for UCLA first-generation undergraduate and graduate students in Fall 2022. 

Summer 2023

First Gen Resource Guide 

First To Go launched a First-Gen Survival Guide, a resource guide aimed at helping undergraduate and graduate First-Gen students. The resource guide is filled with on-campus and off-campus resources available to students.