First Gen / Low Income Students

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First Gen | Low Income Students

Below are resources our CPD team has collected to help support First Gen or Low Income Students. You’ll find many more helpful resources in our Handshake Resource Library. Our CPD Career Coaches can also provide additional resources, support, and advice customized to meet your unique interests. Schedule an appointment on Handshake.

If you wish to receive information about career-related events and opportunities and self-identify as a first generation or low income student, please sign up on Handshake (self-identified diversity interests are only accessible by CPD and Thayer ECS staff and all information will be kept confidential).

Access currently offered DEI events in Handshake by clicking here, or use the Filter feature in events and click the label “dei-focused”.

  • Marketing EDGE First-Gen Mentoring Program for students interested in marketing
  • America Needs You is a professional organization that fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. They do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development.
  • First In The Family provides educational information from first generation college students, for first generation college students.
  • The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is a national organization that was founded in 1968 to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. Since its inception, more than 10,000 students have participated in CLEO’s programs and joined the legal profession. 

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