For First-generation College Students, Career Connections Are the Biggest Hurdles

CUNY SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES–Navigating college is hard enough for the average student, but for first-generation college students, the challenges of finding connections and financial aid paperwork are even bigger without as much parental support or prior experience in the workplace.

For CUNY SPS, the First-Generation Student Success Series helps students access resources they otherwise might not know about, and provides a platform for them to speak about their experience through virtual discussions. The program was first developed in Fall 2021 by Dr. Elizabeth Alsop, assistant professor in the Communication and Media program, and Dr. Carla Marquez-Lewis, academic director of the Psychology program.