After an extensive national search, I am pleased to announce that Julio Reyes '12 will return to Brown as our inaugural Program Director of the First-Generation College and Low-Income Student (FLi) Center, in partnership with the Dean of the College. Julio will begin on June 15.
The Undergraduate Council of Students passed the Low-Income Student Events Fund Implementation Resolution at its meeting Wednesday night. The resolution will make certain University events and activities accessible to students with an expected family contribution of less than $5,000. Emily Doglio ’17, who co-wrote the proposal that resulted in the creation of the First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center, also spoke, and the council discussed University support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and undocumented students.
When Maria Ortega first heard herself described as Maria from Brown, she was upset because she didn’t think she fit in here. “My first year was a huge shock,” she says. As a first-generation, low-income Latina student, she couldn’t ask her mother how she should prepare for graduate school and she didn’t have graduate role models. “This place really scared me,” she adds.
Brown University’s First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center celebrated its official opening on Sept. 16 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception in its new, dedicated space in the University’s Sciences Library. Brown President Christina Paxson said the center will serve as a vital resource for students who are the first in their family to attend college or come from a low-income background.