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 Email to set up a time to chat!

Christy Rotman

FG Network Advocate
  • College Life Skills Coach Email to set up a time to chat!

Coby Meyers

FG Network Advocate
  • Associate Professor of Education Email to set up a time to chat!

Dreama Montrief Johnson

FG Network Advocate
  • Associate Director and Career Counselor, UVA Career Center Email to set up a time to chat!

Dudley Doane

FG Network Advocate
  • Director and Lecturer, Summer & Special Academic Programs Email to set up a time to chat!

Esther Poveda Moreno

FG Network Advocate
  • Senior Lecturer of Spanish Email to set up a time to chat!

Gianluca Guadagni

FG Network Advocate
  • Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics Email to set up a time to chat!
Herbert Tucker

Herbert Tucker

FG Network Advocate
  • Professor of English Email to set up a time to chat!

Josipa Roksa

FG Network Advocate
  • Professor of Sociology and Education, Senior Advisor to the Provost Email to set up a time to chat!

Kelly Sulick

FG Network Advocate
  • Senior Lecturer in Flute Email to set up a time to chat!

Kristine Nelson

FG Network Advocate
  • Assistant Director of Academic Programs and Registrar Email to set up a time to chat!

Manuela Achilles

FG Network Advocate
  • Associate Professor of German and History; Director of the European Studies M.A. Program Email to set up a time to chat!

Marina Escámez Ballesta

FG Network Advocate
  • Lecturer of Spanish Email to set up a time to chat!

Patrik Sandås

FG Network Advocate
  • Associate Professor of Commerce Email to set up a time to chat!

Rebecca Coulter

FG Network Advocate
  • Associate Director, Internship Placement Program Email to set up a time to chat!

Robert Kemp

FG Network Advocate
  • Professor, McIntire Email to set up a time to chat!

Susan Thacker-Gwaltney

FG Network Advocate
  • Assistant Professor Email to set up a time to chat!

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

Anselmo Canfora

FG Network Associate

Bob Nakamato

FG Network Associate

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

Gerald Starsia

FG Network Associate
Greg Schmidt Goering

Greg Schmidt Goering

FG Network Associate
  • Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Greg Roberts

FG Network Associate
  • Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
John Cheney

John Cheney

FG Network Associate
  • Assistant Dean of Students

John Painter

FG Network Associate
  • Senior Data Analyst

Katie Densberger

FG Network Associate
  • Director, Georges Student Center
Kevin Lehmann

Kevin Lehmann

FG Network Associate
  • Commonwealth Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics

Maurice Walker

FG Network Associate
Michael C. Weiner, PhD

Michael C. Weiner, PhD

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

Sarah Kucenas

FG Network Associate
  • Professor of Biology, Cell Biology, and Neuroscience

Shaka J. Sydnor

FG Network Associate
  • Assistant Dean of Students

Stefano Grazioli

FG Network Associate

Susie Bruce

FG Network Associate
  • Director, Gordie Center

Mentors

Alicia Frantz

FG Network Mentor

Barry Condron

FG Network Mentor
  • Professor of Biology
Melissa Hey

Melissa Hey

FG Network Mentor
  • Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

Rose Bukelew

FG Network Mentor
  • Assistant Professor, General Faculty, Sociology

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.