First Generation Program Welcomes Members of the Class of 2020

Alice Rugoletti, Staff Associate, UAAP

The First Generation Program (FGP) is a community of MIT students, faculty, alumni, and staff who are, or will be, the first in their families to graduate from college. To kick off the academic year and welcome the newly arrived first generation students—who make up approximately 15 percent of the Class of 2020—FGP hosted the Freshman Welcome Dinner during the first week of classes.

MIT First Generation Program Welcome Dinner 2016Student attendance was twice that of last year’s event; over 55 freshmen joined five faculty members and five members of the FGP Student Advisory Board for dinner and discussion. The cornerstone of the evening was a screening and discussion of the UAAP’s I Am First Generation video, which features MIT faculty and students discussing their experience at MIT, and what it’s like to be the first in their family to go to college.

In addition to the Freshman Welcome Dinner, FGP helps first generation freshmen adjust to life at MIT through the Peer Mentor Program. Freshmen are paired with an upperclassman mentor who can be a resource during their first year and provide advice on academics, college life, and how to navigate MIT. Other events hosted by FGP throughout the year include faculty and alumni events, community service, study breaks, and social gatherings.

For more information about upcoming events and how to get involved, visit the First Generation Program website.