First Generation Nebraska is seeking applications from University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty and staff who wish to serve as members of the program’s advisory board.
The First Gen Nebraska advisory board meets three times a semester during the academic year to provide feedback to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor regarding how to best support first-generation students, staff and faculty. In addition, board members commit to active participation in first-gen events and pledge to co-lead and support related campus initiatives.
The term of service is for two consecutive academic years. Applications, available here, are due Feb. 22.
What is First Generation Nebraska?
The university’s First Generation Nebraska initiative helps first-generation college scholars connect with first gen faculty and staff advocates to establish a sense of community and belonging on campus. It also provides students with the support needed to advance to graduation. Established in 2017 by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, First Generation Nebraska distributes buttons, T-shirts, and office placards to promote first gen visibility; organizes networking and social receptions and a share-a-meal program; and provides professional development workshops and book clubs for faculty and staff on supporting first-generation scholars’ needs.
In April 2021, the university was named a First Forward Advisory Institution for its commitment to improving experiences and outcomes of first-generation college scholars. As part of this First Forward cohort, the university is co-advising seven other institutions in the Midwest Regional Community to consult on challenges, share resources and evidence-based practices, and celebrate program successes for first-generation scholars.