Women’s Colleges: Pathways for Emerging Leaders

Last week, First Graduate high school girls had a special opportunity to participate in the launch of a new event: Women’s Colleges: Pathways for Emerging Leaders. They joined together with local alumnae of Mount Holyoke College, Scripps College, Simmons College, and Spelman College to learn how attending a women’s college shaped the alumnae’s college experiences and career aspirations.

Thank you to our college partners for connecting us with such inspiring and engaging alumnae and a special thank you to each of the alumnae for volunteering to share their stories with First Graduate students! We are so grateful for your time, insights, and for inspiring and empowering our younger women leaders!

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ALUMNI BACKGROUND After moving to the U.S sixteen years ago from Mexico City, Ivan Garcia embarked on his educational journey at Everett Middle School and then continued on to John O’ Connell High School in San Francisco. Following graduation, Ivan attended a private university, Maharishi University of Management (MUM), to pursue a bachelor’s degree in

Cesar’s Story: from Student to Alumni, and Volunteer

“I vividly remember when Anthony, who is a former FG employee, came to my math class and presented the word ‘college,’ and I was sold,” he says. Cesar’s family had emigrated from Latin America when he was a child, and whatever hurdles had existed in achieving a higher education dissipated on that day in class. FG would counsel him in the ensuing years on both financial and academic matters, bolstering him to fulfill his greatest potential as a student. Of the 23 colleges he applied to, he was accepted by 18.

Justice for All – Black Lives Matter

In making a statement on behalf of First Graduate, let me be clear—the murder of George Floyd, like that of so many unarmed black people before him—was wrong. Black lives matter. Our work is centered on education access and success for all because we believe that it is the gateway to equity, inclusion, leadership, and