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First Generation College Students


Welcome and congratulations on being the first in your family to pursue a college degree! First generation students have a lot to be proud of. Acquiring your bachelor’s degree will provide you with many opportunities for your future. Your dedication, perseverance, resourcefulness, and hard work have helped you make it thus far and will continue to serve you well during your time at the University of Portland and beyond! 

Who Are First Generation College Students?

First Generation (FGEN) students are defined by the University of Portland as those students where neither parent or guardian has earned a four-year college degree. At UP, approximately 20 percent of the student population identifies as a first generation college student.



Current First Generation Student Ambassadors

First Generation (FGEN) Student Ambassadors lead and coordinate targeted programming opportunities for FGEN students at the University of Portland.  In addition, this position offers a peer mentorship component to freshmen students, creating a new opportunity for FGEN freshmen to connect to FGEN upper class students.  Learn more about the current FGEN Ambassadors below:

Peer mentors Mustaf Mohommed '19, Michelle Lau '18 and Aracely Mejia '20  discuss UP's new First Generation student Peer Mentoring Program. Courtesy UP Beacon

Zena Demapan

Zena Demapan - Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands - Class of 2019

Learn more about Zena


Sonny Olguin - Albuquerque, New Mexico - Class of 2021

Learn more about Sonny


Jacquelyn Mangoba - Papaaloa, Hawaii - Class of 2021

Learn more about Jacquelyn

Parker Elliott

Parker Elliott - West Linn, Oregon - Class of 2019
Mechanical Engineering

Learn more about Parker

Diana Salgado-Huicochea

Diana Salgado-Huicochea - Portland, Oregon - Class of 2020
Biology; Minors in Education and Theology

Learn more about Diana


Chanson Aki - Kapolei, Hawaii - Class of 2021
Business Administration

Learn more about Chanson


Dulce Sanabria - Beaverton, Oregon - Class of 2021
Mathematics, minor in neuroscience

Learn more about Dulce


Deysi Velador - The Dalles, Oregon - Class of 2020
Nursing, minor in Spanish

Learn more about Deysi


Devonna Begay - Kayenta, Arizona - Class of 2021
Sociology/Criminology Concentration

Learn more about Devonna


Erick Berrelleza - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Class of 2020
Political Science and Spanish

Learn more about Erick


Emma Arres - San Jacinto, California - Class of 2021
Business Administration

Learn more about Emma

Aracely Mejia

Aracely Mejia - Bend, Oregon - Class of 2020
Mechanical Engineering

Learn more about Aracely


Autumn Clay - Long Beach, California - Class of 2020
Biochemistry with a Biology Minor

Learn more about Autumn


Mustaf Mohamed - Portland, Oregon - Class of 2019
Civil Engineering

Learn more about Mustaf


Ezedin Jabr - Portland, Oregon - Class of 2019
Social Work; minor in Sociology

Learn more about Ezedin

Norma Gowans

Norma Gowans - San Jose, California - Class of 2019
Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics

Learn more about Norma

Join us!

Do you identify as a FGEN student? We welcome you to be a part of our FGEN community any time during the school year. Our FGEN community offers academic support and engagement opportunities with others on campus. We invite you to browse our website to learn more about our programs and the opportunities we provide. For more information, please contact Matt Daily, program manager, at or call 503.943.7895.