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More than one-thousand of graduates from the class of 2023 are first-generation college students. In Undergraduate Studies, we are working to develop new ways to better serve these students. Accordingly, the Office of First-Generation Success, in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations, has launched the 1850 Society, an organization wherein membership provides first-generation graduates from across the U with advice, support, mentorship, and opportunities for connections with first-generation faculty, peers, alumni, and friends of the U. Signature events will include: First Generation Celebration events annually in November and a Spring First-Gen Conference, keynote, and workshops. Over twenty-five percent of students at the U are first-generation and the Office of First-Generation Success is a supportive community dedicated to their success; the 1850 Society aspires to extend the community beyond the U through our first-generation U alums, faculty, staff, and friends of the U!

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