Why First Gen Students?

First Gen college students are more likely to take remedial courses during their first two years of higher education and twice as likely to drop out within 6 years. GlobalMindED pairs these dynamic students with outstanding mentors who provide valuable insight and opportunities for post-graduate success. These enduring relationships based on shared experiences, along with programs focused on academic persistence, networking, and workplace readiness provide critical skills and tools needed to succeed in academia and global marketplace.

Become a First Gen Student’s Faculty Advisor

All educators attending the GlobalMindED conference are encouraged to bring one or two First Gen students. Conference fees for students are waived. When students and educators attend the conference together, both benefit by:

  • Creating lasting mentor and mentee relationships
  • Establishing GlobalMindED communities on campus
  • Collaborating on best practices

2020 First Gen Student Leadership Program

June 6-8, 2020

Click Here to Apply

GlobalMindED is honored to offer fee-waived program registration to exceptional First Gen students. Click the title above to complete your application.

Please note: accepted students and/or their sponsoring institutions are responsible for travel and lodging expenses.

"GlobalMindED inspired me to rise above labels and to become an individual who would exceed expectations." - Amelia Mawlawi, HP (Class of 2015)

"The GlobalMindED Conference expanded my network greatly, exposed me to numerous fields and ideas, and aided me in my journey to serve and help others."
- Hayley Kwasniewski, Americorps VISTA (Class of 2017)

"The GlobalMindED conference gave me the gift of confidence. I had the courage to go back to school and ask for what I needed. I found the large community of Hispanic engineers and was amazed by the resources available to students." - Carli Rodriguez (Class of 2018)