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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been welcomed to the Center for First-generation Student Success 2020–21 cohort of First-gen Forward Institutions for its commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. The initiative was created by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Suder Foundation.

“As a proud first-generation student myself, I am particularly proud of our current efforts to create a welcoming campus environment for first-generation students,” said Interim Vice Chancellor for Students Lori M. Ideta. “I am delighted with our campus being accepted into the 2020–21 cohort of First-gen Forward institutions. I am personally and professionally invested in ensuring that our campus strengthens our efforts in this area for this special population of students.”

First-gen Forward Institutions receive professional development opportunities, community-building experiences and a first look at the center’s research and resources. NASPA also hosts a First-gen Forward Workshop where UH Mānoa can engage with other institutions who are also creating environments that improve the experiences and outcomes of first-generation students.

“First-gen Forward is an exciting opportunity for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to join an elite community of professionals prepared to share evidence-based practices and resources, troubleshoot challenges, generate knowledge, and continue to advance the success of first-generation students across the country,” stated Kevin Kruger, president and CEO of NASPA. “We are excited to see a groundswell of activity from the First-gen Forward cohort and know UH Mānoa will be a significant contributor.”

To learn more about first-generation efforts at UH Mānoa visit the SEED website.