More than 40 percent of students at University of La Verne are the first in their families to attend a university. The Office of First Generation and Peer Mentoring helps support first-generation students as they transition into college with programs designed to build skills and develop a supportive network of students, faculty, and staff that are committed to seeing them succeed.
The Office of First Generation and Peer Mentoring Programs is designed to provide the kind of experiences, care, and support that students need to develop a healthy sense of belonging and agency on campus. Summer Bridge and peer mentoring activities are exclusively for students accepted into the program, but the office hosts workshops and other activities throughout the year that are open to the entire campus community.
Summer Bridge is a free, three-week online experience for incoming freshmen students to get used to the college experience. Students will attend no-credit courses to get a feel for college-level coursework and participate in activities to help them get to know other students and feel comfortable on campus. Each participant will be assigned a current student who will serve as a mentor for the rest of the academic year.
Peer mentoring is available to first-gen students who participated in the Summer Bridge program. Throughout the academic year, mentors and mentees will meet several times each month to check in and attend luncheons and skillshops together. If you are a current student interested in becoming a mentor to a new student, please contact our office for more information. Each mentor works with three to four mentees from their college or major.
First Gen Fridays
On the first Friday of every month, we celebrate the accomplishments of our first-generation community, validate the first-generation experience (resiliency, success, and challenges), and provide a space to develop community. First Gen Friday activities are open to the entire campus community.
National First Gen Day
Nov. 8 is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the students, staff, and faculty who are the first in their families to attend college. The date coincides with the signing anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965. All activities are open to the entire campus community.
Our mentors and mentees meet for lunch once a month. The first half of the gathering is dedicated for workshops, while the second half is set aside for announcements, housekeeping, and mentor/mentee check-in time.
Skillshops are free workshops that address a range of topics faced by college students, such as budgeting or relationship management. These workshops are run by the peer mentors and are open to the entire campus community.