The First-Generation@Scripps program is designed for students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year college. “First-Gen” guides Scripps students through their first year and beyond through exposure to faculty, resources, and workshops. The program also strives to bring awareness to issues surrounding first-generation students, faculty, and staff at Scripps.
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.
“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, focused on the following themes:
Hi! My name is Elizabeth, and I am from Renton, Washington. I am a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, as well as one of the First Generation @ Scripps Co-Interns this year! During my time at Scripps I have worked as a Peer Health Educator at the Sallie Tiernan Field House health and wellness center, a Peer Mentor Team Leader for the New Student Program, been on the Admission Advisory Board for the Scripps Office of Admission, and been a member of Cafe con Leche as well as the C3 comic book community. I also studied abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England my junior year and had an amazing time traveling about the United Kingdom and Europe! Improving first-generation post-secondary access and attainment in low-income underrepresented communities is a huge passion of mine, especially more so as I have come to realize the stark differences between the communities I have come from and those which have come to be traditionally found in four-year colleges and universities across the board. Thus, quite a bit of what I have been involved with both in and outside of Scripps has revolved around providing resources and support to those who have not had the opportunity to receive them. Aside from this, when I have the time, I love playing video games with friends, watching telenovelas and anime, and listening to music on long bus rides while exploring the greater Los Angeles area.
Hello!! My name is Diana, and I am a Computer Science major at Harvey Mudd College (I changed my major three times before picking this :O) , as well as one of the First Gen @ Scripps Co-Interns this year! My hometown is Boyle Heights, Ca, but now I live in Chino, Ca, 20 minutes away from campus. During my time at Scripps, I have worked in the Office of Student Engagement as an Office Assistant, worked at the Tiernan Field house as a Customer Associate, been a member of Scripps Code, and been a member of Cafe con Leche as well as Community Outreach Chair. I currently work at the Motley Coffeehouse as a barista, and a Undergraduate Research Assistant at HMC. One of my passions is making computer science education more accessible to marginalized students and emphasizing the intersection between computer science and social justice. Whenever I can, I love to spend my free time hiking, running, dancing to Chulita Vinyl Club, and eating hot Cheetos/ takis/ turbo flamas. If I’m not laying on there grass in front of toll, you can find me in the Motley playing my jams.