Give First To Go Students a Chance to Go Abroad
Update: The First To Go project has been fully funded! Any additional funds raised over the $4,000 goal will still go directly toward future First To Go programming.
There are currently 816 degree-seeking, first-generation students (13% of the total LMU population) attending Loyola Marymount University. First To Go’s mission is to create a nurturing community that helps first-generation college students thrive while emphasizing the unique cultural capital that they bring to the LMU community.
First To Go believes it is essential to challenge the stereotype that first-generation students enter the university academically unprepared and ill-equipped to meet the demands of higher education. Since the inception of the First To Go program seven years ago, 191 students (who have self-identified as first-generation college students) have graduated. This year, there are 200 members in the First To Go community who are engaged in programs and events and who are utilizing student services and support.
The program aims to help first-generation students as they transition to an academically rigorous and engaged community. All First To Go students are invited into a mentoring program that pairs them with LMU faculty and staff who are also the first in their families to attend college.
First To Go also offers a 10-day study abroad trip to the Dominican Republic to allow first-generation students the opportunity to take an academic trip outside the United States. The program focuses on the exploration of race and identity while examining the history of Dominican-Haitian political conflict. The trip serves as a platform to encourage and expose students to international education. A collaboration with the Study Abroad office, this trip allows First To Go to accomplish a goal of sending more groups of underrepresented students abroad.
Support for First To Go would allow two first-generation college students to represent LMU internationally on a study abroad program focusing on cultural identity.
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