1vyG is the largest conference for first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students in the world! This year, the University of Pennsylvania is honored to serve as the host for the fourth annual 1vyG conference. This important event will take place from Friday, February 16 to Sunday, February 18, 2018 and is entitled, “Focusing on the Future: Developing Leadership, Institutional Change, and Post-Graduation Success As A First-Generation Student.”
Historically, 1vyG has served as a safe space for FGLI students to connect and empower one another. 1vyG was the first national organization dedicated to bringing together communities of diverse, first-generation students from across the Ivy League and peer institutions. Since the organization’s founding in 2015 by students at Brown University, the 1vyG conference has served as a significant event for the national FGLI student community. Previous conferences have been held at Brown, Harvard, and Yale and drawn students from over two dozen schools.
Students and faculty at Penn are thrilled to continue on this important and great tradition. The Penn Conference Planning Team is dedicated to strengthening the national FGLI student community. This year, we’ve expanded administrative and alumni programming so our allies can begin to work together to support current FGLI students. We’ve also expanded student discussion groups so all student attendees have the opportunity to really get to know one another and expand their ideas. Finally, we’re creating workshops where every attendee will have the opportunity to construct their own concrete, implementable action plans for their universities, colleges, and organizations. We hope for change to continue beyond the weekend of the conference.
This year, the Penn Conference Planning Team is focused on the future and it is bright! We hope you can support us and this year’s conference in any way, shape, or form!
Candy Alfaro is a Junior from Soledad, CA majoring in Communications and minoring in Legal Studies and History. Coming from a small farming town in central California, she is passionate about equal access to higher education, especially in rural communities. She is really excited about discussing intersecting identities in the FGLI community and how to best support the communities that we come from. Candy also enjoys binge-watching Netflix shows and binge reading The New Yorker. Don't be scared to say hello if you see her around, she loves meeting new people!
Anea is a junior from Philadelphia studying Sociology and Urban-Studies with concentrations in Law and Social Policy. She is passionate about the intersections of education law and family law and about how parent/family engagement can be used as a tool for ensuring that low-income families have a well-rounded support system both inside and outside of the school building. She is really excited about this year's expanded student discussion groups and alumni activities because she believes it will allow for more community-building. Anea also enjoys spending time with the middle school girls at the school where she works and cooking, particularly traditional black southern soul food!
David Thai is a senior from Philadelphia studying Health & Societies and concentrating in Healthcare Markets & Finance. He is passionate about not only exploring the intersectionality of being first-generation and low-income but also building and empowering a community that support students like himself. He is ecstatic to serve as this year's 1vyG Co-Director of Student Programming and is excited to organize and plan meaningful events for the student attendees. In his free time, David enjoys exploring the city and checking out new coffee shops!
Cathy Hanh Tran is a junior from San Jose, California studying Sociology with a concentration in Structures of Opportunity and Inequality. She is passionate about building first-generation student support and fostering a sense of belonging for FGLI students on campus. As Co-director of student programming, she is thrilled to be working on workshops that inform students about navigating post-graduation life. In her free time, Cathy enjoys hiking and tree watching.
Kevin is a sophomore from Philadelphia studying Political Science and Business. He is passionate about expanding the FGLI conversation and narrative, especially with respect to the Asian American community. He is really excited about making sure that all attendees will leave the conference with a short freshman 15 moment and bits of wisdom that'll help them plan for their own futures. Kevin also enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends and taking long walks.
Kimberly Batista is a sophomore from Allentown, PA studying Business Management. She is passionate about equal access and opportunities for minority students. She is really enthusiastic about connecting with a larger FGLI community and being part of this empowering conference. Kimberly also enjoys writing, hiking, and listening to a wide variety of music!
Louis Lin is a sophomore from Merrick, NY studying Political Science & Health and Societies. He is passionate about equity & access to higher education and advocacy for FGLI students and other underrepresented communities . He is excited to bring together so many schools to Penn, especially to work with administrators to address issues FGLI students face. Louis also enjoys public health, politics, and theater!
Luis Bravo is a Junior from Laredo, TX studying Sociology and Political Science. He is passionate about education and labor rights. He is really excited about helping 1vyG be a success at Penn. Luis also enjoys traveling, reading, and exploring restaurants!
Celeste is a junior from Houston, Texas studying Sociology and Urban Education. She is really passionate about increasing students' access to higher education and educational opportunities, as well as empowering the Latinx community. She is excited to meet students across different universities who are also involved in FGLI issues and to help cultivate a space for important discussions to take place. Celeste also enjoys dancing bachata and salsa, and finding a new show on Netflix!
Esther Kim is a sophomore from Fairfield, California, majoring in Psychology and Communications. She is passionate about raising awareness and creating an empowering community for minority students. Esther sees endless possibilities of media that can truly change society for the better; she want to support projects in media that can ultimately advocate and bring justice to those in need. She is thrilled and honored to be the bridge between the participating students and the alumni for the 2018 1vyG conference. Esther also enjoys exploring media-related activities, learning ASL and discovering new food places!