First-Gen Mentoring Network

This is a new program for fall 2020! We’re excited to announce the launch of the First-Gen Mentoring Network. More details will be available at the end of August, but here is what we have planned:

UVA is proud to have a growing number of “first-gen” students. A first-generation college student is someone whose parents or guardians do not have bachelor’s degrees. For students, this might mean that their families don’t have a lot of experience navigating something like a large research university. Many of our faculty and staff were the first in their families to graduate from college, and many others are eager to support this group of students as they find their way around the University.

Starting in fall of 2020, first-gen students at UVA will have access to a network of faculty and staff who are knowledgable about the first-gen experience and about resources and opportunities. Some will hold regular office hours, and others will be available by appointment. All are looking forward to welcoming students to their offices to share their advice and to help them reach their goals. There will be faculty and staff from all of UVA’s undergraduate schools, as well as many other departments and units around grounds.

Faculty and staff who are interested in participating should email Katie Densberger at Students can email for more information, or they can check back here in late August when we’ll be prepared to post details and names of participating faculty and staff.