Based upon guidance provided by the University System of Georgia, all Georgia Tech sponsored events through June 30, including athletics competitions, are cancelled, postponed or will move to a virtual format.

Thursday, October 3 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Georgia Tech Library Crosland Tower, Room 7130
Free food, freebies
For more information:

Isabel M. Altamirano


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First Generation to Attend College or Graduate School

First Generation College & Graduate Students are the first in their families to continue their education beyond the mandated 12 years in the USA. They encountered questions and, maybe resistance, from family and friends while making the transition to the academic environment.

These panelists will discuss how their decision to have learn more has affected their lives.

In terms of Diversity, First Gen have had a different lived experience (from those who have many generations of attending colleges) and can provide insights to student who are now starting this process at Georgia Tech.

The panelists are:

Dr. Emily Weigel - first in the family to receive a PhD

Terminal Degrees: Dual Ph.D.s, Zoology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology & Behavior (EEBB), Michigan State University,

Dr. Gerome Stephens - First Generation - College

Terminal Degree: University of Louisville, PhD, Higher Education Leadership & Organizational Development

Michelle Canales, MS - First Generation College she also identifies as Afro-Caribbean

Terminal Degree: Nova Southeastern University : M.S. -College Student Affairs


Isabel Altamirano, MLIS (first in the North American Continent)

Terminal Degree: Louisiana State University, MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Science)

Please register for the event here.

If you were not able to obtain a ticket, please come to the check-in area on the 7th floor, in case someone does not attend.