Faculty + Staff

UCLA faculty who were first-generation college grads aim to encourage, inspire

They share their stories with new students who are first in their families to go to college

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At UCLA, first-generation students make up nearly one-third of the undergraduate population. But in addition, more than 150 UCLA professors (and counting) proudly identify as former first-generation college students. These faculty members are sharing their stories to offer support and encouragement to this next generation of first-generation students.

Faculty in order of appearance:

Lorrie Frasure-Yokley
Annette Stanton
Jeanne Miranda
Laurent Pilon
Willeke Wendrich
Alejandra Casillas
Ryan Ellingson
Margaret Jacob
Thao Nguyen
Leisy Abrego
Anthony Friscia
Dana Cairns Watson

Previous first-generation coverage on UCLA Newsroom:

Chancellor draws on personal story, focuses on diverse ideas in welcome address
First-generation college students get a place of their own at UCLA
UCLA faculty who were first in their families to go to college help others like them overcome fear, self-doubt

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