First-Generation Faculty Initiative
The UC strides to send a clear message to all first-generation college students: "You belong here and you are capable of achieving at the highest levels".
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. The First-Generation Faculty Initiative aims to elevate the visibility of UC faculty and academic leaders who were themselves first-generation college students. The main purpose of the initiative is to foster a sense of belonging that can boost retention and success rates among UC's first-generation students.
The First-Generation Faculty Initiativeis a network of first-generation faculty committed to supporting first-generation students. They are active in the community, promote their first-generation identities, and advocate for the first-generation community at UCLA.
As the First To Go Office tries to re-establish the First-Generation Faculty Initiative, we hope to accomplish the following goals:
- Greater transparency of first-generation faculty across campus
- An established community of students, faculty, and staff through First To Go events and networking opportunities
- Increased cross-campus support for first-generation students
Are you a UCLA faculty member and identify as first-generation college? Join the faculty campaign by filling out this brief form!
UCLA faculty who were first-generation college grads aim to encourage, inspire. They share their stories with new students who are first-gen.
First-generation college student Denise Peralta, class of 2016, has decided to purse a Ph.D. on her path to being a math teacher, thanks to UCLA professor Gerardo Ramirez, who was the first in his family to earn a degree.
I wish I could go back in time and tell myself there is a lot you are bringing to the table.
— Professor Gerardo Ramirez
Over 180 UCLA professors have self identified as being the first in their family to graduate from a 4-year institution.
Check out a few of those faculty below!
Professor of Management and Organizations
Inaugural Dean, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Professor of Social Research Methodology, Department of Education, and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of International Migration (CSIM)
Professor Sherrilyn Roush
Professor of Philosophy
Integrative Biology & Physiology
Professor of Psychology
Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education, Sociology
Kristopher W. Kersey
Assistant Professor, Art History
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Professor Emeritus, Health Policy and Management
Associate Adjunct Professor/School of Dentistry
Distinguished Professor, Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media
Assistant Professor, Linguistics
Faculty, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Psychology
Professor of Urban Planning & Public Policy; Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies
Distinguished Professor of Research, History
Professor and Chair, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice Education, Department of Education
Professor, Human Development & Psychology Dept. Of Education
Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics and Data Science
Continuing Lecturer, Writing Programs
Assistant Professor, Vice Chair of Graduate Affairs, Director of the LGBTQ Studies IDP / Department of Gender Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology; Investigator, Lundquist Institute; Co-Director Neurotherapeutics Institute
Assistant Professor of Musicology
Professor (Emeritus), UCLA Law School
Annual First-Gen Welcome Soiree
Pictured: A few first-gen faculty at the 2nd Annual First-Gen Welcome Soiree