Binghamton University to launch mentoring network for first-gen faculty, staff, students

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Binghamton University will celebrate National First-Generation College Day by launching BFirst, a mentoring network pairing first-generation students with first-generation faculty, staff, alumni and graduate student mentors. The kickoff event takes place from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Old Champlain Atrium, Room 133, on campus.

First-generation faculty, administrators and students at Binghamton will tell their stories. Featured speakers include Associate Professor of Human Development Myra Sabir, Professor of Psychology Ann Merriwether, Assistant Vice President of Student Success Kelli Smith, and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Dean of Students Randall Edouard.

First-generation college students struggle with navigating the higher education system, as they cannot rely on families for advice and support. Lacking social capital, first-generation students often face barriers of isolation, experience feelings of inadequacy (such as imposter syndrome) and work within the context of limited resources. They may have the burden of being the first, but also possess the strong motivation to achieve. Overcoming hurdles not experienced by their peers, their resilience is worth celebrating.

BFirst seeks to create a sense of belonging for first-generation students, staff and faculty who share this invisible identity. BFirst Mentors will provide guidance, direction, insight and experience, consciously encouraging and supporting this unique population.

RSVPs are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

Interested in serving as a BFirst Mentor? Sign up here.

Interested in connecting with BFirst Mentors? Sign up to be a mentee here.

For more information, contact Marissa Zelman at 607-777-2906 or mzelman@binghamton.edu.

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