First Generation Community

The University of Iowa values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for students from every background. This is an overview of programs, student groups, and resources that will support and inspire you throughout your Iowa experience.

Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE)

The CDE sponsors social and academic events throughout the school year and offers guidance on scholarships and financial aid, academic development, student involvement, and just about every other aspect of campus life.

Office of Graduate Inclusion (OGI)

The Office of Graduate Inclusion (OGI) serves graduate students who are historically under-represented academically to provide information, networking, liaison support, counseling and access as a supportive community while they are pursuing a graduate degree. 

Faculty/Staff Mentor Opportunity

First-generation college students are those whose parents have not attained a college degree. To help identify mentors and role models for these students, UI faculty and staff are invited to continue to share their experiences as first generation college students as part of the UI's First Generation Initiative.

Student organizations and campus groups

First generation students who are interested in getting involved with this student organization or want more information can visit First Generation Iowa, send email, follow on Twitter or visit the official Facebook site.

First Generation Iowa offers monthly meetings that include social opportunities, academic information and general student life information; volunteer opportunities; social events; valuable information and advice from other first generation students.

Did you know?

There are currently 5,670 first-generation students enrolled at the University of Iowa.

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