First-in-Family Mentorship

Support and advising for students who are the first in their families to attend university

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Supporting students who are the first in their families to attend university

Post-secondary studies are an exciting and extraordinary milestone. For students who don't have parents or family members who have previously attended university, having some guidance from someone who has been there before can be especially helpful.

First in Family programming provides these students access to a community of peers, as well as contextualized academic advising, resources and events. These supports can not only aid in their transition to university life, but also help them succeed throughout their post-secondary journey.


Mentorship Matters

I wish I had known about the benefits of mentorship programs at the university. When I joined the international student mentorship program in my second year, I realized how helpful it was.

Safia Ihsan Ali

First-in-Family Microplacement Student

About the Mentorship Program

The First-in-Family mentorship program offers opportunites to connect and build community with other first generation students. Volunteer mentors help create a positive and enriching enviroment for new students, while mentees gain confidence and knowledge from their mentors shared experiences. 

About Mentors

As a volunteer mentor, you can provide much-needed guidance, connection and confidence as an upper-year student with more experience and insight into campus life.

In addition to supporting fellow students’ growth, you'll receive valuable leadership training and work experience, while making enriching personal connections along the way.

You can learn more about the mentorship role by reading the role description or by watching the short video below. 

Mentor Applications are closed for 2023/2024. Please check back in the future for more opportunities!

Watch the mentor role video

About Mentees

Transitioning from high school to university, or adjusting to a new environment, can be overwhelming for anyone, but for first-in-family students, it can present even greater challenges. While first-in-family students bring an incredible sense of resilience, determination, and vision for earning their degrees, pioneering their path without or with minimal family support can be isolating and difficult. We welcome applicants from all faculties.

You can learn more about the mentee role by reading the role description or by watching the short video below.

Watch the mentee role video

Request a Mentor

Students who identify as First-in-Family can request a mentor by completing a short intake survey and a short meeting with the program coordinator. 

Complete the intake form

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Do you have questions about our First-in-Family programming? Contact us for more support. 

Tram Nguyen

Academic Development Specialist, 

Equity-deserving Students

Mariann Howell

Coordinator, First-Generation Student Programs