As of 2022, University of Redlands' student body is comprised of 48% first-generation college students. This great milestone calls for giving students access to resources specialized for the first-generation experience.
The purpose of First Generation Family is to provide access, accountability and advertising for the resources that aid in the transition to college and help the university be a more inclusive community. Rather than needing to endlessly search for help, we aim to give first-generation students one place to find everything they need and a framework for reaching out to them through trailblazers that specialize in certain communities.
Gifts to First Generation Family will help create innovative events bringing together students, alumni, staff, and community members, and build a foundation that is sustainable and can continue to grow. Whether it is a re-vamped Summer Bridge program or making student ideas come to life, the main priority is outreach to students and keeping the University accountable to the students it serves. Funding this project allows for the identity of first-generation to receive a spotlight and for those who share it to connect with each other. With help from donors, we can create momentous waves of change amongst the active first generation members, building a pathway of success that helps all first-generation college students at Redlands overcome uncertainty and get access to everything they need.