Yolanda Grayson; first-generation Bowen law student; student profiles Nov 2021

First-Generation Student Spotlight: Yolanda Grayson

In honor of First-Generation College Student Celebration Month, UA Little Rock is profiling some of its outstanding first-generation students.

Yolanda Grayson, from Marianna, Arkansas, is a first-generation law student at William H. Bowen School of Law. Continue reading “First-Generation Student Spotlight: Yolanda Grayson”

Lakeisha Falls; First-generation student profiles 2021

First-Generation Student Spotlight: Lakeisha Falls

In honor of First-Generation College Student Celebration Month, UA Little Rock is profiling some of its outstanding first-generation students and alumni.

Lakeisha Falls is a first-generation UA Little Rock nursing faculty member from Blytheville, Arkansas.

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UA Little Rock students hanging out on campus by Cooper Fountain. Photo by Ben Krain.

U.S. News and World Report Recognizes UA Little Rock for Social Mobility

Several academic programs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have made the grade by earning a spot in U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best College Rankings. Continue reading “U.S. News and World Report Recognizes UA Little Rock for Social Mobility”

First-generation college students and new transfer students participate in a Welcome Week event to welcome them back to campus on Aug. 24. Photo by Benjamin Krain

Student Retention Initiatives Hosts First-Generation, Transfer Student Welcome

The office of Student Retention Initiatives hosted a student success welcome event Aug. 24 filled with food, fun, and great activities for first-generation freshmen and transfer students.

“Growing up my parents never got their education so they always wanted the best for me, so I went for my education and followed in my sister’s footsteps,” said Oreana Roman, a first-generation freshman.

Student success coaches and student support specialists engage with students one-on-one to help them develop skills for success throughout the semester, navigate UA Little Rock, and maintain a healthy balance between school and life.

The initiative helps students get connected to resources on campus and match them with peer mentors to “help answer questions, guide them, and be a student leader,” said Laura Casey, student success coach.

“I know how hard it was for me to be a first-gen,” said Maria Roman, peer mentor of five. “I hope this event will draw more people to the program.”

The event featured numerous programs such as the Multicultural Center, the Disability Resource Center, Student Support Services, etc.

“I saw a lot of organizations like TRIO that I didn’t know about, and learned about some different events that I wouldn’t have known about if I didn’t come here,” said Hayden Henderson, a first-generation freshman.

Student Support Services is a federally-funded program located in Suite 105 of the Speech building that provides online and in-person tutoring, academic advising, workshops for financial and economic literacy, scholarships, textbook loans, graduate school trips, and career readiness.

First-generation college students and new transfer students participate in a Welcome Week event to welcome them back to campus on Aug. 24. Photo by Benjamin Krain
First-generation college students and new transfer students participate in a Welcome Week event on Aug. 24. Photo by Benjamin Krain

“We focus on career readiness and enrichment workshops,” said Desarae Nelson, TRIO SSS Director. “We offer academic advising in resume writing, mock interviews, internships, and help with employment after graduation.”

Experienced staff and upper-class students advised that students don’t hesitate to ask questions about anything hindering academic success. Any undergraduate student who identifies as a first-generation college student, taking at least one class at UA Little Rock, can Request a Peer Mentor through the end of September.

“We work with students and faculty to make sure that the learning environment is as accessible as possible,” said Reed Claiborne, director of the Disability Resource Center. “Get to know all the departments on campus, find a department that will help you find resources all over campus, and  get involved.”

 

UA Little Rock first-generation student and single mom Erin Clement with her son Ehren. Photo by Ben Krain.

First-Generation Student Spotlight: Erin Clement

Erin Clement, a senior interdisciplinary studies major on the Chancellor’s List from Pine Bluff, is studying sociology, psychology, and criminal justice all in preparation for her future career. She was raised by a strong single mother who taught her the value of hard work and encouraged her to get a college education.

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Photo of Janette Munoz by Ben Krain.

First-Generation Student Spotlight: Janette Muñoz

Janette Muñoz, a senior double majoring in nursing and Spanish, is fulfilling a dream for herself and her parents by being the first in her family to attend college.

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UA Little Rock is celebrating First Generation College Student Celebration Month in November.

UA Little Rock to Honor First-Generation College Students in November

In honor of First-Generation College Student Celebration Month, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is launching a campaign to celebrate first-generation students, employees, and alumni throughout November.

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