At Bucknell, many of our faculty, staff and alumni are the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university.

Wherever you see a “come talk to me” poster, there is a friendly first-generation faculty or staff member who would love to meet and chat with you. Knock and introduce yourself. We are thrilled to welcome you to our community of first-generation students, faculty, and staff. We have a fabulously fun, informative and enriching schedule of events planned just for you.

Announcements about events and resources (funding, workshops, job fairs, alumni connections, etc.) are regularly posted to our GenFirst!@Bucknell Facebook page.


Connect with GenFirst!@Bucknell

GenFirst! Mentors

You won’t want to miss out on having a GenFirst! faculty/staff mentor. No matter what class year you’re in, or whether or not you already have a mentor or adviser, a mentor who, like you is also first-gen, is an incredible asset. To get started, check out our mentors, select your top four choices, and then complete the Choose a Mentor Request Form as soon as possible so that we can partner you with a mentor.

Meet our GenFirst! mentors

GenFirst! Ambassadors

Get acquainted with your fellow Bucknellians who, like you, are first-gen students. First-gen ambassadors are available to give advice, be a mentor and — most importantly — a friend and ally.

Meet our GenFirst! ambassadors

Additional Opportunities for First-gen Students

Cookies with Chris & Kelly

Join Bucknell's Counseling & Student Development Center's Chris Connacher and Kelly Kettlewell, both former First-Generation College Students, for Cookies with Chris & Kelly. Chris & Kelly aim to hold open conversations about overcoming the challenges of adjusting to and thriving in the Bucknell college environment while enjoying light refreshments in an informal setting. They will provide cookies and fresh fruit that can be enjoyed during the discussion or after. Cookies with Chris & Kelly will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Sept. 12 from noon - 1 p.m. in the The Hildreth-Mirza Large Seminar Room
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8 from noon - 1 p.m. in The Hildreth-Mirza Great Room
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 from noon - 1 p.m. in the The Hildreth-Mirza Great Room

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts

The Weis Center offers first-gen students complimentary tickets to select world-class performances. 

Samek Museum

The Samek Art Museum’s Storming the Museum event provides an opportunity to socialize with other first-gens, enjoy light refreshments, and engage art provocatively and with a critical lens.