Hofstra University has been named a First Forward Institution, a designation granted by The Center for First-Generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. Hofstra is part of the inaugural cohort of 80 schools nationwide for this program, and is one of only three institutions in New York state to be recognized.
The designation recognizes colleges that have demonstrated a commitment to improving the experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. As a First Forward Institution, Hofstra has shown a commitment to its first-generation students, including offering a First-Generation Living Learning Community (LLC) where students can share their experiences. This LLC is also home to the Faculty in Residence, who supports programming and social activities.
“For years Hofstra has been a campus that nurtures students who are first in their family to attend college. Recent intentional efforts like programming and a living community – along with this well-deserved and appropriate designation – underscore how first-gen students thrive here. I’m so proud of our colleagues and students who make this a reality,” said W. Houston Dougharty, vice president for Student Affairs.
With the designation, select faculty and staff will be afforded multiple opportunities to engage with peer and aspirational institutions that are also creating environments that improve the experiences and outcomes of first-generation students. As part of the eligibility requirements, Hofstra has named Russ Smith, associate director for Residence Life, and Anthony Porcelli, assistant dean of communication, advancement and engagement, School of Health Professions and Human Services, as institutional representatives to the program.
Hofstra has many resources for first-generation students, including a webpage and social media accounts on Instagram and Twitter, as well as a committee of administrators and faculty dedicated to first-gen student success.