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For our first 1st Gen spotlight...

...we are shining a light on this shining star. Dorothy Tovar is a Ph.D. student studying Microbiology and Immunology and a thriving member of our 1st Gen family. She was the recipient of Stanford's 21st Century Leader Award. She founded the Stanford Black Bioscience Organization (SBBO), a student group that connects, empowers, and advocates for graduate students of color; and worked to establish the first diversity center at the Stanford School of Medicine. Dorothy was part of an exhibit this past summer in Centra Park in New York City featuring contemporary women in STEM careers. (See this article for more info and photos!)

Is there a member of our 1st gen family that deserves to be in the spotlight? Send us a note and we will feature them here in our next newsletter!

2021 Mentor/Mentee Virtual Match Event

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 5:30-7:00pm

The 1st Generation Mentorship Program celebrated the new academic year, welcoming new members, and introducing mentors to mentees at our annual Mentor/Mentee Match Event virtually on on January 20. 

Learn more here

Cycle 5 Ends for 1st Gen

On 10/28/2020 we had hosted our first-ever virtual closing celebration of our mentorship program! We had a mini-cycle this year and we celebrated our fabulous five mentors and mentees and thanked them for coming together in one of the most difficult times to support one another. Congratulations to Austin Johnson, Dr. Caroline Fischer, Brenda Yu, Dr. Cleber Ouverney & Dr. Denise Rettenmaier!

Leaders in Black History

Who was Ella Baker?

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is named after a brilliant, Black hero of the civil rights Freedom Movement who inspired and guided emerging leaders. We build on her legacy by building the power of black, brown, and poor people to create solutions for one of the biggest drivers of injustice today: mass incarceration.

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Shirley Anita Chisholm | Unbought and Unbossed

Shirley Anita Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. The first African-American Congresswoman, she represented a newly reapportioned U.S. House district centered in Brooklyn, New York. Elected in 1968 with deep roots in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, Chisholm was catapulted into the national limelight by virtue of her race, gender, and outspoken personality.

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Claudette Colvin, Retired American Nurse Aide

I knew then and I know now that, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’ And I did.

Nine months before Rosa Parks helped spark the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, Claudette Colvin was arrested  for refusing to give up her seat on a crowded, segregated bus. 

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John Mercer Langston 

One of the most prominent African Americans in the United States before and during the Civil War, John Mercer Langston was as famous as his political nemesis, Frederick Douglass. One of the first African Americans to hold elective office in the United States (he became Brownhelm, Ohio, township clerk in 1855), Langston topped off his long political career by becoming the first black man to represent Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Thurgood Marshall | Supreme Court Justice and Founder, Legal Defense and Education Fund 

Thurgood Marshall was an influential leader of the civil rights movement, a profound contributor to the NAACP, founder of LDF in 1940, serving as its first Director-Counsel, was the architect of the legal strategy that ended the country’s official policy of segregation, and was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court, on which he served as Associate Justice from 1967-1991.

For more information, please visit the Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Hiram Rhodes Revels

In an era when educating black children was illegal in North Carolina, Hiram Rhodes Revels attended a school taught by a free black woman. Revels was the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress.  

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NAACP History: Carter G. Woodson

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.

These are the words of Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, distinguished Black author, editor, publisher, and historian (December 1875 – April 1950). Carter G. Woodson believed that Blacks should know their past in order to participate intelligently in the affairs in our country. He strongly believed that Black history – which others have tried so diligently to erase – is a firm foundation for young Black Americans to build on in order to become productive citizens of our society.

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News Archives

Finding success as a first-generation medical student | AAMC

Students who were the first in their families to graduate from college are bringing about change in medical school, cheered on by mentors and advocates at their institutions.

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What a canceled commencement ceremony means to a first-gen college student | The Stanford Daily

I knew that life was going to fundamentally change when reports of COVID-19 projected a global pandemic, but like many Americans, I tried to shut my eyes to it as I continued with life.

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NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference |

The NASPA First-generation Student Success Conference examines a breadth of topics critical to advancing the holistic outcomes of first-generation students. The conference program considers the vast intersectionality of first-generation students, the systemic and institutional barriers to success, evidence-based practices and approaches to student support and services, the role of assessment and evaluation, opportunities to build celebratory campus environments, and strategies for building networked campus approaches to scaling support.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the Center for First-generation Student Success while engaging with practitioners, scholars, and advocates in multiple presentation formats, research discussions, and networking events.

For more information on the 2020 NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education, please visit this website.

All-Female Statue Exhibit #IfThenSheCan Pops Up in Central Park Zoo | Untapped New York

Timed with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, a preview of #IfThenSheCan – The Exhibit has opened in the Central Park Zoo. It shows six of the future 122 female statues that will be on display showcasing contemporary women in STEM careers.

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