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First Generation Initiative

Orientation 2021 is being planned as an in-person, four day event for incoming first-year and transfer students. COVID-19 related restrictions continue to evolve, and as new information becomes available, it will be added to the appropriate Orientation webpages.

The First Generation Initiative (FGI) is an institutional initiative that strives to build a connected community of first generation students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae who support one another. At HWS, we define first generation students as students who are the first in their immediate families (not including siblings) to attend a four-year college or university in the United States. It is important to us that all HWS students are welcomed, supported, and encouraged to succeed to their full academic potential. First generation college students are many things: proud, humble, ambitious, tenacious, trailblazing, talented, and resilient.

The FGI has a wide variety of programming and events that focus on connecting first generation students with the support and guidance that they need to make the most of their HWS experience. We are hopeful that we will be able to kick off our programming this academic year with a one day Pre-Orientation program for students and their families. More details will be forthcoming.


For more information, contact the First Generation Initiative Office at (315) 781-3145 or at firstgeneration@hws.edu.