Join us for the first of a five-part series on Latinx History. The online presentation will be led by Israel Pastrana, a Chicanx historian and educator, who will be discussing the historical origins of Latinx migration to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest on ZOOM at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 30.
First-Generation Student Resources
About 25 percent of our undergraduate students are first-generation college students! At Pacific, you are considered a first-gen if your parent or guardian has not earned a bachelor's degree. Siblings may have attended or graduated from college and parents may have had some post-secondary education including an associates degree and you are still considered a first-gen.
If you are a first-generation college student, we want to help you make Pacific your home. We have resources to help you succeed!
The First Gen Student Success Association (FGSSA) is a student-run club that formed in 2018. This club aims to enhance the academic, social, and professional skills for students who are the first in their family to attend college. Anyone can join!
FGSSA is currently recruiting!
Are you interested in joining the club and/or hold a position in the club? If you are interested in joining please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
FGSSA provides and supports:
- Annual Conference in Fall, the First-Gen Student Success Conference
- Celebration Events in Fall and Spring
- Social and community events
- Academic support and mentoring
- Fun activities and retreats
Support for YOU!
Pacific University is proud of its advisors who understand and support students who are the first in their family to attend college. Many of our faculty and staff were once in your shoes. They are here to welcome you and help you find your way.
Here is just a small sampling of first-generation staff and faculty at Pacific University:
|First Gen Staff/Faculty||Department/Area|
|Andrea Lybarger||Graduate Admissions|
|Daisy Bueno||Student Counseling Center|
|Don Schweitzer||Social Work & Public Health|
|Donna Ramos Barsana||Admissions|
|Jamie Young||Student Counseling Center|
|Jaye Cee Whitehead||School of Social Sciences|
|Jennifer Coyle||Pacific University President|
|Jennifer Hardacker||Media Arts|
|Lesley Hallick||Former Pacific University President|
|Martha Calus-McLain||Engagement & Operations|
|Mike Geraci||Media Arts|
|Mike Shingle||Academic & Career Advising|
|Michael R. Steele||English & Handball Coach|
|Narce Rodriguez||Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion|
|Sara Alvarez Olvera||Academic & Career Advising|
|Tania Hand||Undergraduate Admissions|
|Uncle Jeff Grundon||Undergraduate Admissions|
If you see someone in an area you have questions about feel free to contact them!
Are you a current Pacific student who is first in their family to attend college? Examples of successful first-generation students are one of the most helpful things we can provide to our incoming students. If you are a first-generation college student, share your story by emailing email@example.com.
If you have questions about anything related to first generation students at Pacific University, contact Mike Shingle.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to share a personal written or video message with Narce as she embarks on her retirement in December.
What exactly is Federal Work-Study and how can students earn money? Students with FWS or interested in learning more about Work-Study are invited to attend an exclusive event and potentially walk away with a job!