Harvard College First Generation Student Union

Purpose Statement

The Harvard College First Gen Student Union is concerned with the welfare and community representation of first generation students at Harvard College. For the purposes of the organization, a first generation undergraduate student shall be defined as one whose parents or guardians have not completed a course of study at an accredited four-year undergraduate institution, or an equivalent and recognized qualification abroad. HC-FSGU has three main objectives: (1) To facilitate the transition to college for first generation students through initiatives such as providing mentorship networks and sharing academic and social resources among members; (2) To build a community among first generation Harvard students; and (3) To provide the first generation student community a platform to express its voice and to advocate for themselves. Additionally, HC-FGSU will seek to build more opportunities of learning for non-first generation college students, in the belief that it is important for the broader Harvard community to understand the first generation student experience. By communicating with non-first generation students, HC-FGSU will strive to dispel any stigma or stereotype associated with the first generation identity.

Organization Information