Erica Mosca, who founded the nonprofit Leaders in Training to mentor first-generation and low-income students through high school and college.


First to go to college is an honor held by many UNLV students, faculty, staff, and leaders at UNLV. We celebrate our first-generation family as they are an important part of the very fabric that is UNLV!

First generation faculty and students face many of the same challenges including being unfamiliar with the new environment, difficulty accessing resources, and making networking connections for collaborative opportunities. The Intersection helps new faculty and students acclimate to our campus.


  • Calling UNLV colleges, departments, and offices to recognize our first-generation students, faculty, and staff. This year we're going campuswide National First Generation Day! Become a part of UNLV History! The 2020 National...

  • The Academic Success Center is excited to present First-Gen Connect: What is First? on November 10, 2020, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This event will start with a panel discussion over what it's like to be a first-...

  • Getting involved with Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) is a great way to add to your collegiate experience! Join us for a panel discussion with first-generation students to talk about their experiences joining RSOs at...

  • College of Liberal Arts invites you to join us for the Share it Forward: A First Generation Student Event. Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcome to join us!

  • Find out for yourself at our first-generation transfer student virtual social event! We know that being the first to pave the way can be overwhelming. However, look at what you have accomplished in the midst of COVID-19....

  • Personal branding is how you promote yourself. It is a unique combination of skills, values, experiences that define you, and how you approach the work you do. Join us to learn more about personal branding, why is it...

  • This panel comprised of first-generation students and faculty will speak candidly about how they have overcome feelings of isolation, managed ‘imposter syndrome’, and share survival tactics they used to reach their academic...

  • We Need To Talk About What's Next: Conversations About Racism For A More Resilient Las Vegas Join the University Libraries and Greenspun College of Urban Affairs for the final episode of the We Need To Talk series. This ...


First-Gen Connect is a free conference for first-generation college students and their parents or guardians.

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Oct. 8, 2020
Nevada's undergraduate students are steadfast in pursuing higher education at UNLV despite COVID-19 challenges.
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Sep. 22, 2020
Alumnus Geoff Hughes partnered with UNLV Office of Diversity Initiatives to create Stephanie Wolf Hughes First Generation Scholarship for accounting students.
Lexie Ignacio
Sep. 17, 2020
First-generation entertainment engineering and design major embraces the Las Vegas experience.
A family of four stands together in front of a display of UNLV memorabilia
Aug. 26, 2020
Jorge “Fabian” Trejo-Ibarra began his freshman year as a pre-nursing student this week thanks to a scholarship funded by Rig-Rents through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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Feb. 6, 2020
Program at The Intersection gives first-generation faculty, staff a place to share their stories.
A photo of Akaisha Cook delivering a speech at the 2019 UNLV Foundation Annual Dinner.
Nov. 22, 2019
Honors College student Akaisha Cook one of just 30 nationwide to receive 2020 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.
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Oct. 2, 2019
Nevada Supreme Court justice helps launch a program to ensure first-generation and minority students succeed in law school.
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Sep. 27, 2019
Criminal justice mentorship program helps first-generation students navigate college
Erica Mosca seated at a table
Aug. 7, 2019
Through a nonprofit she founded, alumna Erica Mosca helps low-income high school students get to — and then succeed — in college.