Monthly committee meetings are open for any first generation students to participate and share their thoughts and ideas. Office hours for the Mobilizers in each committee are also open for students to drop by to ask questions or just chat. The four committees are listed below with a brief description of each. We encourage you to come to the ones you are interested in!
The Advocacy Committee works to organize events that promote dialogue and action towards awareness, solidarity, and allyship while navigating the first-generation identity and its intersections with race, gender, class, ability/disability, and other social identities. We lobby for and design policies/resolutions that support and increase the representation and resources of first-generation students on campus. Currently we are publishing a series on the Cornell first-generation collective narrative through the Huffington Post by utilizing one of our mobilizer's platform within it. Additionally, one of our mobilizers founded, and is running, the Cornell Lending Library in partnership with Durland Alternatives Library within Anabel Taylor Hall in order to provide low socioeconomic status students with access to semester long textbook loans.
The Study Abroad/Experiential Learning Committee's mission is to provide resources and opportunities that make studying abroad more accessible for first generation students. To accomplish our mission, the committee has created discussion sessions that walk students through the process of studying abroad and is organizing "international coffee hours" where first generation students can interact with international students from countries they would like to visit. Our largest project is to design and implement a study abroad program tailored specifically for first generation students at Cornell.
The Programming Committee is committed to organizing events and establishing programs that enhance the first generation college student experience at Cornell University. Its broad goals include: developing partnerships with other social justice and diversity organizations on campus, developing an active community of first generation students on campus, increasing awareness for existing resources for first generation students and creating programs where gaps may exist, and increasing faculty involvement in first generation student programs.
The Multimedia Outreach Committee uses various mediums of communication, such as: social media platforms, email, video, photography, and more, in order to best update the Cornell community and others of Cornell First in Class's many involvements and initiatives. Our goal is to keep transparent and available all that Cornell First in Class concerns itself with and chooses to be involved with. We look to always keep the first-generation student population aware of our events, campaigns, committee updates, and outreach to campus organizations at both Cornell and other universities.