First Generation Resources
CLA's Dean Philip Williams is First Gen
Ph.D. in politics from the University of Oxford; Master of Philosophy in Latin American Studies. First in family to graduate college.
Welcome from Dean Williams
On behalf of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), I’d like to welcome all of our First-Generation college students! As the son of parents who were the first in their families to attend college, I understand the enormous opportunities and challenges that college presents for First-Gen students. My goal as Dean of CLA is to help remove the barriers that prevent some students from taking full advantage of the Cal Poly experience, including faculty-student research opportunities and off-campus opportunities such as study abroad and internship experiences. Our hope is that this web page will provide you with some important resources that can help support your success here at Cal Poly!
From housing to financial aid, view helpful and timely resources for First Gen students.
Cal Poly's Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) has a complete list of First Gen resources coming soon!
First Gen Faculty and Staff
Connect with First Gen faculty and staff in the College of Liberal Arts.
There are many first-generation faculty and staff that teach and work in the Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts! Learn more about them, and read their advice to current First Gen students at cla.calpoly.edu/first-gen/faculty-staff.
The Access, Community and Equity (ACE) Program helps remove barriers and improve access by providing stipends of up to $1,000 to first-generation or low-income students specifically so they can participate in high-impact Learn by Doing experiences. In addition, recipients receive mentoring and a community of support to help them take full advantage of their experience. Learn more about ACE.
Meet First Gen Students and Alumni
The USN is a terrific resource for First Gen students! Meet a few fellow First Gen students who served or currently serve as USN mentors:
Mayra Mejía Marcos Ramirez Christine Lam
Master of Business Psychology, '18 Senior in the blended political
Administration, '20; Founding USN mentor science and Master of Public
Graphic Policy program; expected
Communication, '17 graduation '21
Founding USN mentor Current USN mentor
Materials curated by College of Liberal Arts (CLA) students Solena Aguilar and Miaya May as part of a CLA Student Diversity Committee project. Graphics designed by Aguilar.