The First Generation Student Gateway serves as a starting point to get connected to resources for first-generation students. Housed in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), the Gateway is linked to several partner offices and is a home for support for first-generation students. The Gateway is for all first-generation undergraduate and graduate students and their allies. The Gateway is open during regular business hours (8AM-5PM). You can use the space for:

  • Finding resources for first-generation students
  • Connecting to partner offices that support first-generation students
  • Meet with First Generation Project Manager Terra Molengraff
  • Study space
  • Meeting space
First Generation Student Gateway Room


In the fall of 2007, a small team of undergraduates created a student organization called First-Generation College Students@Michigan. A major goal was to offer students advice on a variety of resources/campus opportunities and provide outreach to current and future First-Generation students. At that time it was one of the first student-led organizations of its type in the nation. One decade later, FGCS@Michigan is not only sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, it supports bi-annual campus-wide dinners, a full-fledged graduation ceremony, and programming events throughout the year. This website only sheds a glimpse on the work and sucess of first-generation students on campus.

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The Gateway is located in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives on the 3rd floor of the Student Activities Building at 515 E. Jefferson St.

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