First Generation Social Justice Leaders

FirstGEN Fellows is a ten-week summer program in the D.C. area for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education, and who are passionate about pursuing careers in social justice. Each fellow receives up to a $3,000 Dollar stipend. Our mission is to identify, support and advance emerging first generation social justice leaders. The fellowship is a collaborative program by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and D.C. Office of the National Immigration Law Center, with the Lawyers’ Committee serving as program lead.

News Clips

First-generation college students pursue degrees despite obstacles

by Ester Ouli Kim, The Seattle Globalist, on Jun 8, 2018. Persephone Angeli’s story as a first-generation University of Washington student starts with her mother.“It’s always been her dream to get her bachelor’s and become a teacher,” Angeli said.Angeli’s mom came to the United States from El Salvador. Her dad was born in Hawaii. Neither…

Using Social Psychology to Help First-Generation and Low-Income Students Through College

by Kori Crockett, Brookings, on October 26, 2017, Follow Kori Cockett on Twitter The seriousness of low college graduation rates among first-generation and low-income college students cannot be overstated. Today, only 9 percent of students from low-income families earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24, compared to 77 percent of students from high-income families. Even more troubling, there has…


Press Releases

Take A look At The Stellar 2018 FirstGEN Fellows Summer Class !

By Lawyers’ Committee, MEDIUM,  Follow on Twitter, on May 31, 2018. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and the Washington, D.C., office of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) are excited to announce the 2018 FirstGEN Fellows summer class: Daisy Almonte, Jennifer…

FirstGEN Welcomes Our 2017 Summer Fellows!

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Lawyers’ Committee, and National Immigration Law Center Announce 2017 FirstGEN Fellows Summer Class   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   WASHINGTON, D.C., May 15, 2017– Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice | AAJC), the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and the…

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