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First Generation College Students

Welcome!

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 who are members of the first generation within their family to attend any type of college. At UP, 10 percent of the student population comes from a family with no college background.

 

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
Biology

Learn more about Zena

Sonny

Sonny Olguin - Albuquerque, New Mexico - Class of 2021
Undeclared

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Jackie

Jacquelyn Mangoba - Papaaloa, Hawaii - Class of 2021
Nursing

Learn more about Jacquelyn

Parker Elliott

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

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Diana Salgado-Huicochea

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

Learn more about Diana

Chanson1

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

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Dulce1

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

Learn more about Dulce

deysi1

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

Learn more about Deysi

Devonna

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

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Erick

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

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Emma

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

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Aracely Mejia

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

Learn more about Aracely

Autumn

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

Learn more about Autumn

Mustaf

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

Learn more about Mustaf

Ezedin

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 firstgen@up.edu or call 503.943.7895.