In fact, we welcome all members of the community to be allies for our students, and invite you (regardless if you self-identify as first generation or not) to join this initiative as well. We hope members of this initiative will share their personal stories and support students who also self-identify as first generation -- with the ultimate goal of validating the experiences of this unique and important population of Hoyas.
This initiative is important — it sends a direct message to students that faculty and staff are approachable and can relate to their experiences, despite their impressive titles, degrees and accomplishments. We do not assume an intensive time commitment from faculty and staff participants; rather, the initiative should act as a catalyst for awareness, self-identification, allyship, and accessibility.
For questions about this initiative or to get involved, please email FirstGenFacStaff@georgetown.edu
The initiative was inspired by Dr. Anita Casavantes Bradford, founder of the First Generation Faculty Initiative at the University of California, Irvine. Read more about her experiences as a first generation student and professor, and our inspiration for this initiative, here: https://medium.com/@UofCalifornia/one-of-the-biggest-lessons-i-teach-my-classes-5a4caa8e24ef#.sdrfpgu5s