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Be First, Be Proud, Be FAU

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Be First, Be Proud, Be FAU

#FirstandProud

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Be First, Be Proud, Be FAU

#FirstandProud

First-Generation STUDENT SUCCESS

The Office of First-Generation Student Success at FAU is designed with the student in mind. Our goal is to connect students to resources available at Florida Atlantic University that better support and assist in their development as a student beyond average expectations. We achieve this by guiding students through advising, career services, and other vital student accessibility.

The term “first-generation college student” is defined as a college student whose parents have not obtained a degree from a four-year college or university. The research shows that this group of students faces unique challenges when navigating through higher education. This includes the absence of support systems and adequate resources, financial struggles, discrimination, and the overall pressure to succeed.

The Office of First-Generation Student Success serves as a referral hub to the various services that exist to inspire and assist first-generation students at Florida Atlantic University, including academic support, advising, financial assistance and scholarships, mentorship, and the “First and Proud” registered student organization.

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Contacts


Address: Office of First-Generation Student Success | Bldg. SU-80, Rm. 214 | 777 Glades Road | Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561-297-4941 | Email: firstgenprogram@fau.edu

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Keven Allen Jr.

Keven Allen Jr.

Director
Office of First-Generation
Student Success
Bldg. SU-80, Rm. 214
561-297-4941
kevenjr@fau.edu

Rose Paul

Rose Paul

Specialist
Office of First-Generation
Student Success
Bldg. SU-80, Rm. 227
561-297-1445
rpaul12@fau.edu

Stephanie Aldana Alvez

Stephanie Aldana Alvez, M.S.Ed.

Academic Advisor/Academic Coach
First-Generation Program Advisor
University Advising Services
Bldg. SU-80, Rm. 201
561-297-2567
firstgenprogram@fau.edu

Monica Martinez

Monica Martinez, M.Ed.

Academic Advisor/Academic Coach
First-Generation Program Advisor
ACCESS Program
Bldg. SU-80, Rm. 227
561-297-3962
firstgenprogram@fau.edu

GET CONNECTED

At FAU, we are always looking for ways to best support the unique needs of our students. The First-Generation Student Success office collaborates with a variety of great programs and initiatives on campus for First-Generation in College Students. In an effort to stream-line access to resources for our students and parents, we’ve created links below. Check out the specialized programs we offer.

Ask a First-Generation Program Advisor to help you find the best fit.


 

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Wise Words
Stephanie Aldana Alvez

Stephanie Aldana Alvez

Academic Advisor, UAS

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Faculty and staff, even other students, are here as resources to you. If you only ask, you will be surprised at all that you can learn that will help you to be successful during your time at FAU and beyond. So lose the fear, and ask away!”

Monica Martinez, M.Ed.

Mónica Martínez

Academic Coach and Advisor, ACCESS

“Going to college was an equally exciting and terrifying time for me. As a first-generation college student, my family was not able to guide me. I did not know what I was doing, but I kept my eyes and ears open for opportunities. I had points in which I faced roadblocks, but I had a goal in mind and I used the resources available on campus to help me. It was not always easy, but in the end, it was worth it!”

Helpful Hints

Brian Kaam

FAU Alumni - Class of 2017