Signature Programs

First Generation Student Programs

Signature Programs

First-Gen Jackets Peer Mentoring Program

The First-Gen Jackets Peer Mentoring Program, offered in collaboration with Mentor Collective, is a peer mentor program that connects incoming first-generation students (mentee) with currently enrolled first-generation students (mentors). First-Gen Jackets peer mentors are instrumental to the academic, personal, cultural, and social integration of students throughout the first year. They play a key role in making the first year experience a rewarding, fun, and successful welcome to the Georgia Tech community.

First-Generation College Celebration Week

During the month of November, First-Generation Student Programs invite first-generation students, faculty, staff, and allies to attend First-Generation College Celebration Week, a week of events that celebrate the identity and experiences of first-generation students.

First-Generation College Celebration Week is held in conjunction with the national First-Generation College Celebration Day. To learn more about First-Generation College Celebration Day, visit the Center for First-Generation Student Success.

Growing Up in Science

Have you ever seen a successful scholar and thought that you don’t measure up because they don’t seem to struggle like you do? The truth is that everyone has difficulties, doubts, detours and failures, but they aren’t usually publicly known. Scholars are often hesitant to talk about the jobs they didn’t get, the manuscripts

that got rejected, the funding that didn’t come through, and other obstacles they’ve faced. The new Georgia Tech chapter of Growing Up In Science is launching a conversation series featuring personal narratives about becoming a scholar, including frank discussion of an individual’s personal career path, no matter how messy. These discussions will focus on past and present struggles that you don’t normally get to hear about in a scholar’s polished official bio. Attendees will have the opportunity to come hear the “unofficial stories” of these scholars’ careers as they share their personal struggles and will be able to ask about how they navigated the difficulties they

encountered. This event is open to anyone in the Georgia Tech community who wants gain a better and more realistic understanding of what becoming a scholar looks like. All are welcome, including undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty.

First-Generation College Institute (FGCI)

The First-Generation College Institute (FGCI) is a state-wide, summer initiative at Georgia Tech designed to expand on Georgia Tech’s existing PreK-12 STEM programs to amplify the Institute’s impact by identifying, engaging, and preparing first-generation and limited income 8th-12th students for the transition from high school to college and aptitude in STEM.  

This initiative will align with the Institute’s goal to expand access to underserved populations, which includes first-generation students. The First-Generation College Institute is supported by First-Generation Student Programs, CEISMC, and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  

Program Goals

  • Uniting first-generation high school students around the shared identity of being a first-generation college student 
  • Preparing and empowering first-generation and limited income 8th-12th students for the transition from high school to college 
  • Connecting first-generation and limited income students with programs, resources, and people that will support their success at Georgia Tech  
  • Engaging students through high-quality academic and hands-on STEM enrichment learning 

Planning Committee

  • Meltem Alemdar, Ph.D.
  • Leri Argueta
  • Sirocus Barnes
  • Susan Belmonte
  • Rayne Bozeman, Ph.D.
  • Francisco Castelan
  • Tim Cone
  • Jamie White-Jones
  • Mariah Liggins
  • Diamond Mayo
  • Analia Rao
  • Charmaine Troy, Ph.D.
  • Heidi Turcotte