First Generation & Low-Income

A growing number of UVA students are the first in their families to attend college. First-gen students can read below about resources available to support them during their journey through college. These resources include a network of faculty and staff mentors and additional programming through the Office of the Dean of Students.  Keep scrolling! There’s a lot here.

First-Gen Mentoring Network

New in the fall of 2020, we’re excited to be offering a new way for first-gen students to connect with faculty and staff who are eager to give advice, share their perspectives, and guide them through their time at UVA.  Below you can find First-Gen Advocates, who hold standing office hours for first-gen students. If you’d like to drop in, just send them an email and let them know you’re coming! For now, meetings are held on Zoom or by phone. You’ll also find Network Associates who are available to meet by request, and a list of Mentors who are working with assigned small groups of students. Faculty and staff, if you’d like to be involved, email the program coordinators to get on the list for a future orientation.

Program Coordinators: Katie Densberger at kad7k@virginia.edu and Josipa Roksa at jroksa@virginia.edu 

Advocates

Candace Legan (she/her)

FG Network Advocate
  • Program Coordinator, Housing and Residence Life Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm

Christy Rotman

FG Network Advocate
  • College Life Skills Coach See Office Hours in Bio

Coby Meyers

FG Network Advocate
  • Associate Professor of Education Mondays 10-11am

Dreama Montrief Johnson

FG Network Advocate
  • Associate Director and Career Counselor, UVA Career Center Fourth Tuesday of each month 3-5pm

Dudley Doane

FG Network Advocate
  • Director and Lecturer, Summer & Special Academic Programs Mondays 2-3pm

Esther Poveda Moreno

FG Network Advocate
  • Senior Lecturer of Spanish Monday and Wednesday 2-3pm, or by appt.

Gianluca Guadagni

FG Network Advocate
  • Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics See Office Hours in Bio
Herbert Tucker

Herbert Tucker

FG Network Advocate
  • Professor of English Tue 11:30-1 & Thu 1-2:30

Josipa Roksa

FG Network Advocate
  • Professor of Sociology and Education, Senior Advisor to the Provost Thursdays 2-3pm or by appt.

Kelly Sulick

FG Network Advocate
  • Senior Lecturer in Flute First Tuesday and First Friday of the Month at 2pm, or by appt.

Kristine Nelson

FG Network Advocate
  • Assistant Director of Academic Programs and Registrar 4-5pm on Wednesdays

Manuela Achilles

FG Network Advocate
  • Associate Professor of German and History; Director of the European Studies M.A. Program Tuesdays 9-11am or by appt.

Marina Escámez Ballesta

FG Network Advocate
  • Lecturer of Spanish Last Tuesday of the Month, Noon-2pm

Patrik Sandås

FG Network Advocate
  • Associate Professor of Commerce Second Friday of the Month, 8:30AM-10:30AM

Rebecca Coulter

FG Network Advocate
  • Associate Director, Internship Placement Program Thursdays 1-3pm or by appt.

Robert Kemp

FG Network Advocate
  • Professor, McIntire Monday and Wednesday 2-3pm

Susan Thacker-Gwaltney

FG Network Advocate
  • Assistant Professor Thursdays 3-4pm

Network Associates

Alex Johnston

FG Network Associate
  • Assistant Director Virginia College Advising Corps

Andrea Trimble

FG Network Associate
  • Sustainability Director

Anne Carter Mulligan

FG Network Associate
  • Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Batten School

Barry Condron

FG Network Associate
  • Professor of Biology

Chris Doran

FG Network Associate
  • Communications Manager, Student Financial Services

Dana Schroeder

FG Network Associate
  • Sustainability Outreach & Engagement Specialist

Francis Duncan

FG Network Associate
  • Instructional Designer, Human Resources

Greg Roberts

FG Network Associate
  • Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

John Painter

FG Network Associate
  • Senior Data Analyst
Mike Mokhajeri

Mike Mokhajeri

FG Network Associate
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Rachel Most

FG Network Associate
  • Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Rob Tharpe

FG Network Associate
  • Assistant Dean for Budget

Rose Bukelew

FG Network Associate
  • Assistant Professor, General Faculty, Sociology

Shaka J. Sydnor

FG Network Associate
  • Assistant Dean of Students

Susie Bruce

FG Network Associate
  • Director, Gordie Center

Vickie Southall

FG Network Associate
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing

Mentors

Greg Schmidt Goering

Greg Schmidt Goering

FG Network Mentor
  • Associate Professor, Religious Studies
John Cheney

John Cheney

FG Network Mentor
  • Assistant Dean of Students

Katie Densberger

FG Network Mentor
  • Director, Georges Student Center
Kevin Lehmann

Kevin Lehmann

FG Network Mentor
  • Commonwealth Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics
Melissa Hey

Melissa Hey

FG Network Mentor
  • Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
Michael C. Weiner, PhD

Michael C. Weiner, PhD

FG Network Mentor
  • Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics
Sarah Kucenas

Sarah Kucenas

FG Network Mentor
  • Professor of Biology, Cell Biology, and Neuroscience
Tisha Hayes

Tisha Hayes

FG Network Mentor
  • Associate Professor, Reading and Elementary Education; Director, McGuffey Reading Clinical Services

Resources

Hoos First – Support for First-Gen Students

The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) is committed to providing all students with educational opportunities and academic and …

List of First-Generation Faculty

Every year, the University enrolls a number of students who are the first members of their families to attend college. …

AccessUVA Student Support

The Office of the Dean of Students works to provide comprehensive support services and programs to create equitable educational opportunities …

Financial Support for Internships

Resources from the Career Center

Undergraduate Research Grants

The Office of Undergraduate Research administers and keeps a list of several grants to students to fund research projects. See …

School of Nursing Scholarships & Research Grants

A variety of awards are available.