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Bluejay First Program

Bluejay First is a program for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administrators who identify as first-generation college students. Read this page to learn how to participate and apply.

Members of Bluejay First will complete an application and have access to ongoing networking and mentorship opportunities. In addition, all Bluejay First members will receive a special placard to post on their wall or office door to identify them as a first-generation college student.

Bluejay First also offers a cohort option for up to 25 incoming first-year and transfer students each fall semester. During the program, students are paired with a peer mentor to assist with their transition to the college.

Logo reading "Bluejay First: A First-Generation College Student Experience"In addition, Bluejay First cohorts will have access to workshops designed to build capacity around leadership development, personal, and professional growth. Upon full participation and completion of the program, Bluejay First’s cohorts will receive resources to further their success at the college.

These resources include, but are not limited to, support to find on-campus jobs, access to book scholarships, support to attend conferences unique to first-generation students, and the opportunity to serve as a mentor for the next fall Bluejay First cohort.

Apply for the Bluejay First cohort by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 16, 2021. Applications will be reviewed and selected participants will be notified via campus email by Thursday, August 19. For more information, email Jasmin Robinson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Programs.

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Cohort Experience

The cohort experience offers:

  • Leadership and personal development workshops
  • Peer mentor support
  • Social engagement opportunities
  • Dedicated study space

Students who complete the cohort will:

  • Identify academic and co-curricular resources at the University
  • Build community with other first-generation students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administrators

Cheryl Leoni

Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Frick Center
Office of Student Involvement

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