At Washburn University, first-generation students are those students who do not have a parent(s) or guardian(s) who completed a four-year degree. The First-Generation Living Learning Community emphasizes the shared experience and sense of responsibility many first-generation students feel as they navigate their college life. Students participate in a common academic course during their first semester that focuses on the development of academic skills and strategies proven to enhance student success. Members also benefit from access to programming in the Center for Student Success, in-hall study space, and community mentorship from first-generation members of the Washburn community.

This living learning community helps build a meaningful support system as you transition to college life at Washburn University. You'll have the opportunity to develop close relationships with your peers who also identify as first-generation, connect with faculty and staff who are personally invested in your success, and learn about resources and programs designed specifically for you.

Engagement in the community is centered on three priorities:

  • Your Academic Success
  • Community Development
  • Mentorship and Connection

All first-generation students are encouraged to apply, given the wide range of diversity and educational backgrounds that each student brings to the community. Diverse experiences can enrich discussions, learning, and aid in preparing future leaders for a locally and globally diverse workforce.

Connected Academic Course - Enrollment in a first-generation specific section of WU101 – The Washburn Experience is an important component of the First-Generation Living Learning Community (LLC) cohort experience. We ask that all new first year and transfer students who participate in this LLC plan to take this course during the fall semester of their first year at Washburn. 

Questions – Reach out the campus partners associated with our LLC.

These are faculty or staff members on the Washburn University campus who are passionate about supporting first-generation students and who meet regularly with residential living staff for the community. These individuals guide the learning component of the community, often teach the common course, and in general help connect students to resources across campus.

James Barraclough
Director, Undergraduate Initiatives

Jenny Lieurance
First-Generation Specialist

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