Wellesley Celebrates Connections Among Wellesley’s First-Gen Community

First Gen students, faculty and staff wave from below.
November 8, 2019

What does First-Generation Day mean to you? What do you want the Wellesley community to know about being first-gen?

These questions and more are explored in an audio conversation between, Shanté Brown, dean of first-year students, and Andy Mowbray, lecturer in art and director of 3D arts. As members of  Wellesley’s first-generation community, they talk about the impact being first-gen students had on their college experiences, their view of higher education, their time at Wellesley, and how they engage with students.

On the third annual First-Generation Celebration Day on November 8, Wellesley joins colleges and universities across the nation in recognizing the successes of first-gen individuals and their unique challenges and experiences, and reflecting on the importance of providing resources and building community to support them. 

Wellesley is hosting a series of events dedicated to bringing together students who are the first in their family to go to college and invites the whole campus to honor the successes of the Wellesley First community. To hear more voices from the community, stories, and coverage throughout the day, follow along on Wellesley’s Instagram account.

Photo: First-generation students, faculty, and staff, including Shanté Brown and Andy Mowbray, pose for a photo in Clapp Library in celebration of First-Generation Day at Wellesley.