The Importance of Being First Gen:
Life at Brown and Beyond

Special Update on the State of First Gen at Brown
A Conversation with First Gen Alumni

March 22, 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm
UJA Conference Center
130 East 59th Street, NYC
Cost: $25 - Buy Tickets Now
Discussion / Cocktail Reception

While First Gen students continue to be admitted to the nation's most prestigious universities, studies show that they are also more likely to drop out due to financial pressures, social stigmas, and often feel that they simply do not belong.  Spurred by student activism, an unwavering commitment to attract and retain the best students, and a changing political landscape, Brown University officially opened the new First-Generation College and Low-Income (FLi) Student Center in 2016 to better address the needs of this important segment that accounts for nearly 16% of the student population.

Please join the Brown Club in New York for special event focused on what it means to be First Gen and its impact on life at Brown and beyond.  We are delighted to have Julio Reyes '12, Program Director, First-Generation College and Low-Income (FLi) Student Center, join us for a special presentation on his work with First Gen students on campus.   Julio works directly with the University to provide community support for first-generation, low-income, and undocumented/DACA students that enables them to thrive inside and outside of the classroom.

In addition, we have invited distinguished alumni speakers to discuss their unique experiences as First Gen at Brown and how that has shaped their lives, career choices, and more.

Speakers include:

Julio Reyes '12, Program Director, First-Generation College and Low-Income (FLi) Student Center

Carlos Lejnieks '00, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties

William Cunningham '07, Congressional Candidate (New Jersey District 2)

More speakers to be announced.