Diversity at the UW


Read some of the stories that highlight the experiences of our first-generation community.


Kristian Wiles brings advocacy for students to national stage

The career path of OMA&D’s executive director of Retention & Academic Support Programs was inspired by his experience as a first-generation student.



#BeTheFirst: Charlotte’s journey

Charlotte Sanders, a teaching associate in the School of Social Work, shares her experience as a first-gen student in both her undergraduate and graduate programs.


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Closing the gap for first-gen students

Samantha Penjaraenwatana tells her story of empowerment as a first-generation student at UW Bothell.

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The big leap

From the circus to medical school, first-generation student Jonathan Trejo charts his own course.

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Fall 2018 Viewpoint

Produced by the UW Alumni Association, the fall 2018 issue of Viewpoint Magazine features the experience of first-generation students and alumni from all three campuses.

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UW Tacoma

This UW Tacoma story campaign celebrates students, faculty, and staff who are the first in the family to attend college, and the diverse experiences and strengths they bring to our learning community.

 We are First-Gen