The purpose of F2G&G is to promote the improvement of academic success, persistence and successful graduation of students participating in the program. F2G&G seeks to develop and support a UTSA institution-wide culture that actively recognizes, encourages, and supports first-generation college students. The programs developed within F2G&G hope to positively impact first-generation student retention and graduation rates.
How do we define first-generation?
A First-Generation student is anyone whose parent(s) or guardian(s) did not complete a four-year bachelor’s degree from a US university or college.
F2G&G features a first-generation mentorship program that incorporates Peer and Faculty Mentorship. Through regular meetings with Peer Mentors and Faculty Coaches, students build on the assets they bring with them to UTSA as a first-gen student and learn new skills in the process. The Mentee, Peer Mentor, Faculty Coach and First-Gen & Transfer Student Center (FGTSC) Staff form a community of support, with the mentee at its core, called a Familia.
The Familia offers support to navigate college life from a variety of different angles. Mentees have the unique opportunity to connect and build meaningful and long lasting relationships with their peer mentor, faculty coach and fellow mentees that participate in the program. These connections are pivotal for students and aid them in building an extended network on campus.
The Peer Mentors are sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level students and are appointed to serve on a semester by semester basis. They are assigned a caseload of first-generation students and meet with them in one-on-one meetings or in groups to build a connection, share updates and announcements and attending university programming together.
First-Gen Faculty Coaches
Faculty Coaches are invited to serve in this mentorship role for first-generation students that participate in F2G&G. The Faculty Coach connects with their first-generation mentees in group settings as well as one-on-one to discuss goals, challenges, successes and more.