First-gen program receives national attention

July 2, 2018

Spider Pride

We’re surrounded by academic excellence at Richmond, which is especially demonstrated by those determined students who are the first in their families to pursue an undergraduate degree.  This year’s commencement recognized the first cohort from the Spider Firsts program, and others are paying attention, too.

UR was included in an article on Education Dive that focused on institutions helping non-traditional students succeed. Lisa Miles coordinates UR’s first-generation student support and said President Crutcher — also a first-gen graduate — makes a point to share his story, which goes a long way in making students feel like they are not alone and can be successful.

“Dr. Crutcher shows up, and I invite other first-generation faculty and staff to show up," Miles said in the article. “When students see their deans and professors have come from the same place they’re starting, it makes a difference as students, faculty and staff members look to build community on campus.”

As part of the community Miles and her team are building, they hold special sessions on topics such as studying abroad, living-learning communities and employer relations. She said she tries to remind students, “It’s really hard to get in here, so if you’re here, you definitely belong here.”

We’re thrilled such an important part of our campus community is being featured!

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