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

Becoming Doctor June Hairston

A First-Generation College Student Journey.

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UW Alumni Share What Being a First-Gen College Graduate Means to Them

Hear from UW alumni who identify as first-generation college graduates to share their own stories about their college experiences. Share your story, too!


What Being First Generation Means to These Students

UW School of Medicine faculty, residents, fellows and students share what being first generation means to them.

UW Medicine

#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.

Social Work

Closing the gap for first-gen students

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

UW Bothell

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