First-Generation @ Scripps

Who We Serve

The First-Generation@Scripps program is designed for students whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have not received a bachelors degree from a 4-year institution in the United States. This student community is comprised of those who will be the first in their families to receive a bachelors degree from a 4-year institution in the United States.

“First-Gen” guides Scripps students through their first year and beyond through exposure to faculty, resources, and workshops. The program also strives to help students build community and bring awareness to issues surrounding first-generation students, faculty, and staff at Scripps and move toward successful navigation.


The First-Generation@Scripps program was launched in fall 2010 as a pre-orientation program. The three-day pre-orientation focused on acquainting first-generation college students with resources available at Scripps. In fall 2013, the program welcomed its fourth cohort while also preparing for the graduation of its inaugural class. One student wrote:

“The First-Generation@Scripps program was very helpful in the adjustment to college life. It made so many things about the college experience that seemed far over my head (talking to professors, financial aid, finding an on-campus job) realistic and manageable. By the end of the program, I knew what resources were offered by what offices and when to utilize them. Also, it was great coming to campus on the first day of orientation and seeing some familiar faces.” —Program participant


The mission of the First-Generation@Scripps program is to provide support to students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year institution through a pre-orientation program for first-year students. Additionally, the program offers a series of educational and social events, activities, and workshops for all first-generation students at Scripps College, focused on the following themes:

  • Helping with transition
  • Navigating College
  • Building community
  • Getting & staying connected
  • Promoting self-advocacy
  • Thriving

Signature Programs

  • Pre-Orientation: A three-day pre-orientation is provided for all first-year first-generation students to help them gain knowledge about resources available at Scripps and help them to connect with students, faculty, and staff who can mentor them in their transition to college. This pre-orientation program is supported by a partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.
  • Workshops: A variety of educational and social programming is offered throughout the school year to specifically meet the needs of first-generation students. These workshops are often crafted in direct response to what first-generation students share about wants and needs to best support their transition and success. Program highlights include an open house, preparation for summer options, lunches with faculty, dinner with the cohorts, time-management advice, tips for transitioning home for break, and guidance in choosing a major.
  • Mentor Program: Within the first few weeks of the fall semester, incoming first-generation college students are matched with returning students who identify as first-generation. The mentoring program is intended to assist in providing support to students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year institution. The mentoring program is an informal effort to enable both individuals to build new skills, prepare for advancement and other growth opportunities, build self-esteem and self-confidence, and work toward the fulfillment of personal professional development and goals. While the mentoring program is required for the first semester, it is the aim of the program that the mentor-mentee relationship continues beyond the first semester.
  • Newsletter: The newsletter was created with the purpose of highlighting areas of diversity and achievement in the first-generation community as well as in the larger community of first-generation students in higher education. Additionally, the newsletter provides opportunities to highlight the support that students have at Scripps in faculty, staff, and other community members. The vision for the newsletter is to create content that is relevant and engaging. The hope is to foster constructive discourse between first-generation students and allies alike: to reshape conversations at Scripps to be more inclusive, more aware and more progressive.
  • Student-Faculty Lunches: In an effort to improve communication between faculty members and first-generation students at Scripps, these lunches are open to students from all class years, faculty from multiple disciplines, and staff members from a wide range of departments.
  • Co-Interns: The First-Generation@Scripps program has co-interns who actively engage in creating programming for first-generation students. Additionally, the co-interns hold office hours in in cross campus locations every week. Students are encouraged to drop by if they have questions about the program or just want to say hello. See office hours, locations and intern bios below!
  • Faculty Liaison: The First-Generation@Scripps program has faculty members who serve as advisors and liaisons to the program. The faculty liaisons also work to bridge partnerships between first-generation students and the faculty, by building support via engagement.
  • Staff Coordinators: The First-Generation@Scripps staff coordinators work to lead, manage and coordinate first-generation efforts across the campus. The coordinators serve as supervisors and advisors to the co-interns and provide mentorship, advising, academic and social support to all first-generation students at Scripps College.

First-Generation Staff Coordinators:

First-Generation Interns

Michelle Ramirez Martinez

Hello everyone! My name is Michelle and I am from the Bay Area, specifically San Jose, California.  I am a senior majoring in Psychology and Chicanx/Latinx Studies on the Pre-law track, as well as one of the First Generation @ Scripps Co-Interns this year! Throughout my time at Scripps, I have worked as an academic tutor through the Dean of Students Office, a Senior Mentor and Summer Facilitator for Scripps College Academy, an Office Assistant for the Office of Student Engagement and the Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment (SCORE), an Admissions Ambassador, and a Community Coordinator with Residential life.  I am an active member and have served as President and Vice President of Café con Leche, our Latinx affinity group here at Scripps.  I also had the amazing opportunity of studying abroad in La Habana, Cuba, where I took classes at the Universidad de la Habana.  Additionally, I am an Undergraduate Research Assistant at Pitzer and a starter for the Claremont Colleges Women’s Rugby Team, the Claremont Foxes! In my free time, I like to hang out with friends and explore our surroundings. I really enjoy spending time at the swap meet and I am constantly on the lookout for good taco places!  I love dancing and singing (I’m not actually a singer but karaoke makes me feel like I am). When I’m not dancing, you can find me either working out at the gym or eating a bag of Hot Cheetos and watching Netflix. One of my greatest passions is increasing access to higher education and creating spaces of visibility for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students in the institutions we are a part of.  I am super stoked about being a Co-Intern this year because I look forward to continuing the groundwork for programs that service our community and providing the resources needed for First-Generation students to thrive at Scripps!

Christina Thomas

Hi! My name is Christina Thomas and I’m from Foster City, California (Bay Area). I am a sophomore thinking about majoring in Neuroscience or Molecular Biology on the Pre-Med Track! I will be one of the First Generation @ Scripps Co-Interns this year! At Scripps, I have worked as an Office Assistant at the Pre-Med Post-Bacc Office and a Customer Service Associate at Tiernan Field House. I will be a member on the Watu Weusi Board and a Mentor for OBSA (Office of Black Student Affairs). I have also been a part of Science Bus (an HMC club where we visit local elementary schools and help them learn new science topics), Claremont Pre-Med Western Mentorship (I received a Medical Student as a Mentor), Red Cross Club, and Claremont MEDLIFE. I’m passionate about helping low-income first-gen students as myself and want to provide guidance and advice as it has helped me during my first year. In the future, I want to work in the medical field and help provide resources and more access to healthcare for low-income communities. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, sitting out by the Tiernan pool, listening to reggaeton and r&b, watching Netflix/Hulu movies, and hanging out with my wonderful friends.


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