Mission & Goals

First-at-LAS supports first-generation college students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) to enhance and enrich their academic journey. Through partnerships with LAS faculty, academic advisors, and staff, First-at-LAS deepens student connections to LAS and UIC by promoting engagement in resources and opportunities and fostering inclusivity and community.

Mission and Goals

In line with UIC’s Strategic Priorities, First-at-LAS strives to Promote Success and Cultivate Potential through the following goals:

  • Collaborate with LAS faculty, advisors, and staff to raise awareness of the first-generation college student experience and enhance systems of support
  • Help students develop empowering first-generation college student narratives
  • Foster connection and community in LAS around the first-generation college student identity and experience
  • Help first-generation college students build professional relationships with LAS faculty who can support their academic, career, and personal development
  • Provide leadership opportunities for first-generation college students who can offer guidance and support to other first-generation college students
  • Build campus-wide partnerships to encourage first-generation college students’ involvement in programs and opportunities that offer hands-on-learning and skill development
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