Gage Park Latinx Council
First Generation Student Network
The GPLXC First Generation Student Network is an initiative activity working to build community and support with Southwest side students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education. Working to create intentional space and support systems to aid in the success of Gage Park students while combating the false narratives about who youth from our communities are, and what they are capable of. The network allows students to learn from one another's experiences and creates opportunities to engage with guest speakers and community mentors to help guide members in their academic and personal journeys. Navigating higher education as a first gen student of color can be an isolating experience, together we can build networks for success.
Why It Matters
“Profile of Undergraduate Students: 2011-12.” U.S. Department of Education, October 2014.
“The Gallup-Purdue Index 2015 Report.” Gallup, September 2015.
“The Challenge of the First-Generation Student.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2015.
“New Supports for First-Gen Students: Helpful or Just a ‘Drop in the Bucket?’ The Hechinger Report, October 2015.
“How First-Generation Students are Helping Each Other Through College.” The Hechinger Report, May 2016.
“Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 2016 Historical Trend Report.” The Pell Institute, 2016.
“The Stubborn Race and Class Gaps in College Quality.” Brookings Institute, December 2015.
“New Research on First Generation Students” Inside Higher Ed, September 2017
“The Barriers to Success” Forbes, August 2017