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First-Generation and Low-Income Students in Higher Education

faculty in cap and gownIn an effort to increase awareness regarding the issues facing first-generation and low-income college students and to encourage their success, the Center for Student Cultural Diversity interviewed various faculty members and current students for a documentary entitled "Nevada's First-Generation." Students originating from families where neither parent has completed a Bachelor's degree are considered to be first-generation.

With nearly 40% of the University of Nevada student body identified as first-generation, understanding the unique issues facing this population is of critical importance to the success of our institution. According to national studies, common challenges faced by many in this population include low-income households, lack family support in regard to the pursuit of postsecondary education and increased likelihood to leave college prior to graduation. (Horn and Nunez, 2000).

The film is available for viewing in three lengths: a 2 minute trailer, a 26 minute version and a 34 minute version. The full-length film premiered in April, as part of The Center's Annual Intercultural Month programming. To check out a DVD of "Nevada's First Generation," please contact The Center at (775) 784-4936 or thecenter@unr.edu.

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