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First Generation Student Mentoring Program

Join the first-gen community at Tulane!

The Center for Academic Equity is beginning its pilot program, Proud TU Be First Mentoring Program this fall. This semester-long program is designed to provide first generation college students individualized mentorship from first-generation faculty and staff. In this program, students will build strong relationships with their mentor,  gain networking opportunities, get connected to valuable resources, and cultivate a set of skills needed for success at Tulane.  Each mentorship is tailored to the student's goals, interests, and ambitions at Tulane and beyond. 

Who is a first-generation college student?

First-generation college students are the first members of their family to complete a bachelor’s degree — which is an incredible achievement.

Program Components

  • 1x1 Faculty Mentor:  We match  first-generation students with First-Generation Faculty and Staff  who have shared interests, career goals, and backgrounds
  • Networking:  The program provides an opportunity to engage in networking and professional development events.
  • Ongoing support:  Mentors and mentees "check-in" every two weeks during the first semester
  • Community:  Mentors and  mentees attend the welcome reception in September and  closing  celebration  in December. 
  • Free food and swag: Because you’re worth it. 

Get Connected  

If you have any questions at all — big or small — please email the CAE Program Coordinator, Gabriel Rodriguez, at If you're ready to join the program, please click the links at the top right.