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We are First and Proud


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We are First and Proud


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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Address: Office of First-Generation Student Success | Bldg. SU-80, Rm. 114 | 777 Glades Road | Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561-297-4941 | Email:

Connect with the First-Gen Office

Jennifer Parra

Jennifer Parra

Assistant Director
First Generation Student Success
Bldg. SU-80, Rm. 114

Allison Rodgers Zapata

Allison Rodgers Zapata, M.A.

ACCESS Academic Coach/Advisor
First-Generation Program Advisor
Bldg. SU-80, Rm. 227


The Office of First-Generation Student Success is designed to ensure that all first-generation students and families have equitable access to information, services, and programs that are offered at Florida Atlantic University. Connect with us on our social media to stay up to date with our program offerings and events, or complete our connection form to speak with one of our first-generation team members! We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

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


Aalesha Green-Chisholm

Aalesha Green-Chisholm

President, First & Proud Student Organization
First & Proud Owl Central

Genesis Hernandez

Genesis Hernandez

President, Tri-Alpha First-Generation Honors Society
Tri Alpha


The Office of First-Generation Student Success has several programs that you can participate in.
Please check them out and see if one is a right fit for you.


November 15th - Tri Alpha Induction Ceremony Fall 2023