Sep. 25, 2018

The Department of Criminal Justice has a program for first generation students. The Trailblazers Program assists first generation college students majoring in criminal justice as they learn to navigate college life successfully. The focus is on providing peer mentorship, career guidance and internship placement, and access to academic tools and resources to first generation students. The program connects students with representatives from a wide range of criminal justice agencies and with successful alumni who work in fields of interest to students.

First generation students mentees are partnered with first generation mentors based on background characteristics in an effort to help them navigate the college environment and to ease the transition into higher education. First generation mentors have been selected based on their successful acclimation to university life.

Students interested in gaining professional and leadership skills by participating in the Trailblazers Program may contact faculty members, Dr. Gillian Pinchevsky at or Darwin Morgan at to express interest. Learn more about the program by visiting: