First-Gen Advisory Board

Over the past four years, UCLA has made great strides in increasing support for first-generation bruins across a variety of departments and offices throughout campus – First To Go, Alumni Relations, Undergraduate Admission, Graduate Division, Residential Life, etc. The campus-wide FirstGen Advisory Board is intended to bring together stakeholders across campus who currently support and interact with the first-generation college community to create a more cohesive environment and understanding around all first-generation initiatives. Members of the FirstGen Advisory Board, provide valuable input on first-gen student engagement, share best practices and support with colleagues who also support this population, and are a pivotal voice in the rapid changes across campus for first-gen students.

Meet the Board

Amanda Finzi-Smith

Coordinator, First-Generation Campus-Wide Initiatives

First To Go

Picture of Amanda, Associate Director of First To Go

Carmen Garcia-Shushtari

Assistant Director

Department: Campus Life

Karina Valdez

Resident Director

Department: Office of Residential Life

Association of First-Gen Undergrads (AFGU)

Student Organization

Facebook: @afguucla
Instagram: @afgu_ucla

First-Gen Graduate Student Council

Under advisory of the Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC)

Yessica Campos

Career Engagement Educator

Department: Career Center

Alejandra Casillas

Assistant Professor of Medicine in Residence

Department: David Geffen School of Medicine

Kenny Donaldson

Associate Athletic Director Sports & Administration

Department: Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

Lorrie Frasure-Yokley

Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies (by courtesy)

Department: Political Science

Marilyn Gray

Director, Graduate Writing Center Director

Department: Graduate Student Resource Center

Addae Jahdai-Brown

Assistant Director, Off Campus Apartments

Department: Office of Residential Life

Abby Johnson

Living Learning Communities Coordinator

Department: Office of Residential Life

Gurleen Kaur

President, Association of First Generation Students (AFGU)

Paul Kroskrity

Professor, Anthropology

Department: Anthropology

Ien Li


Department: David Geffen School of Medicine

Betsy Linares

Associate Director, MBA Student Affairs

Department: Anderson School of Management, MBA Student Affairs

Cinthia Loera

Department: Community Programs Office (CPO)

Sunterrah Palmer

Outreach Coordinator

Department: Financial Aid Office

Sara Potter

Program Director

Department: Financial Wellness

Carina Salazar


Department: UCLA Transfer Student Center

David Schaberg

Dean, Humanities Division

Justin Siler

Assistant Director, Professional School & Affinity Programs

Department: Alumni Affair

Tony Tolbert

Asst. Adjunct Professor & Director of Learning Environment & Academic Affairs

Department: UCLA School of Law

Leticia Trevino

Graduate Student

Department: Graduate Student Resource Center, First-Gen Grad Forum

Ashley Williams

Assistant Director, VIPS Scholars Program

Department: Academic Advancement Program (AAP)

Sarah Valdovinos

Assistant Director

Department: Graduate Student Resource Center

Scott Wilson

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions