First-Gen Students In Higher Education

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Welcome first-generation college students, families, and supporters! Thank you for being a valuable part of our college community. Here you will find information about our upcoming #CelebrateFirstGen events plus valuable resources to help you navigate the college experience at Brookdale.

#CelebrateFirstGen collaborates with departments throughout the College to provide programming and events in November and throughout the academic year. The events:


Brookdale is committed to the ongoing development of resources and tools that contribute to first-generation college student success.

#CelebrateFirstGen Events

Tuesday, November 9th @ College Hour (11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.)

Cross the Line

This activity helps participants understand the effects of prejudice, ridicule, teasing and bullying. The goal of the activity is to help identify and demystify the barriers between people that perpetuate discrimination and unkindness.

Facilitated by: Fidel Wilson, Ed.D. (OneStop)


Vision Boards: Dream It! See It! Achieve It!

Imagining what you want for your life is much different from being able to see it. Being able to look at something you want every day has the power to motivate you to work towards it even harder. Creating a vision board of what you want, will inspire you to achieve your goals and dreams. Vision board instructions & information will be included in the workshop!

Facilitated by: William Kelly & Anne LaPorta (Career, Leadership & Transfer Pathways) RSVP HERE

LOCATION: SLC Navesink III or SLC Outdoor Patio (weather permitting)

Thursday, November 11th @ College Hour (11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.)

Student Life Board:  Speak Out!

Join the Student Life Board on November 11th at 11:45 a.m. to Speak Out!  Have questions, concerns, or positive feedback for Brookdale?  Join us and Speak Out! CLICK HERE to sign up!


Tuesday, November 16th, @ 11:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

International Education Week Study Abroad Fair!

Join us for our fall study abroad fair! Learn about our summer 2022 faculty led programs to Italy and France. Also learn about J-Term, summer, and semester programs in dozens of other destinations. We will have info about financial aid and scholarships. Enjoy free snacks, play games, and win prizes!

Sponsored by the International Education Center, Student Life & Activities, and the Office of Financial Aid.


Wednesday, November 17th @ 6:30 p.m. (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Student Life & Activities:  B-I-N-G-O

Join Student Life & Activities and #CelebrateFirstGen for a fun night of Bingo on November 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Arena!  Free for all students!  Have dinner, win prizes, have fun and more!

LOCATION:  Robert J. Collins Arena

November 18, 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Living Room Conversations #2: Education and Resilience

Location: SLC, Navesink I

When have you experienced resilience in your life?  What part of your education or growing up, best prepared you for being a contributing adult? How do we increase our social and emotional intelligence?

These questions and more! We’ll talk about first-gen college students- the hopes and pressures of being “first” in your family to go to college. Join the conversation with this monthly series.

All are welcome.

Facilitated by Angela Kariotis, Director of Diversity and Inclusion/CCOG—who is first-gen too (double first-generation)!  For more information:

Thursday, November 18th @ 6:00 p.m. (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)

Human Trafficking Panel with Global Citizenship Distinction Students

This panel will discuss human trafficking featuring students from Brookdale’s Global Citizenship Distinction and Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás (Brazi)

Join via Zoom:


Tuesday, November 23rd @ 11:45 am

Student Life & Activities:  First-Gen Scavenger Hunt

Join Student Life & Activities, Student Affairs and #CelebrateFirstGen to participate in the campus-wide Brookdale Scavenger Hunt! Get your team together or play solo, win prizes, learn about Brookdale and more!

Sign up for more details!

LOCATION:  SLC Outdoor Patio

Mentorship Program/Lunch/Snack with First Gen


First-Gen Resources

First-Gen Students From Brookdale Community College

Rose Adu
EOF Student Leader
Victoria Santos
Ashley Feola
Brittany Feola
EOF, Brookdale to Rutgers
Picture of Frances Simmers in her graduation cap and gown.
Frances Simmers
Melissa Garcia
First Generation Student
Rosa Mendez
First Generation Student
First Generation Student