Supporting first generation graduate students: Opinion

August 10, 2021
First generation graduate students often need special support to navigate their graduate training, write Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez and Natalie Lundsteen. The authors argue that these students often face unique challenges, and recommend that those working with first generation graduate students share best practices and related experiences with their colleagues. The authors also encourage those working with first generation students to avoid making assumptions or generalizing about them, recognize that some students who seem to be doing well still need additional support, and identify resources that they can point them towards. Vazquez and Lundsteen describe the benefits of “re-orientation” programming, and encourage leaders to consider if their campus offers supportive communities or spaces for first-generation students. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)