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ASU Outreach Program Helps First-Generation College Students

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Thursday, June 1, 2023   

Navigating college can seem overwhelming for first generation students, but an early outreach program at Arizona State University aims to change it.

The Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program is for middle and high school students going on to higher education. Although the program was created in 1984 to increase postsecondary education rates among Latinas, the university said today, neither gender nor ethnicity are considerations, only whether the student is the first in their family to go on to college.

Stephany Hernandez, a recent high school graduate, said the initiative has provided her the guidance and information she needed to feel more prepared.

"I didn't really know where to start with the college-going process," Hernandez acknowledged. "'Middle school me,' I wasn't very sure where to go. Where should I look? Where should I begin?"

Hernandez explained the program has helped her understand the requirements and steps necessary to be accepted into Arizona State. The Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program is one element leading to the university to be named a Hispanic-Serving Institution last year, meaning at least 25% of the full-time undergraduate student body is Hispanic.

Parents and students attend monthly workshops at the university and work with mentors during the five-year program. Hernandez added the way the program functions has had the side benefit of bringing her closer to her mom, and both are excited about what lies ahead.

"The Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program has impacted my life mostly through bonding more with my mom, so we both can understand what I want for my future and what she wants for my future," Hernandez concluded.

The university said students in the seventh grade are encouraged to apply. Recruitment cycles are open year-round.


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