First Generation Forward Articles

Along with other First-gen Forward Institutions, University of Bridgeport wants to share evidence-based practices and resources, troubleshoot challenges, generate knowledge, and continue to advance the success of first-generation students across the country.

Ashlica Malcolm

First Generation Students Find Homes at UB

First generation college students have consistently found a place to thrive here at UB. Just ask future lawyer Ashlica Malcolm.

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Susan Ferency

First Generation Faculty Spotlight: Susan Ferency

Susan Ferency is a lifelong resident of the Fairfield/Bridgeport area. She attended Sacred Heart University (SHU), attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology.

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Jill Jemmott

First-Generation Spotlight: Jill Jemmott

My experience as a first-generation student is more introspective because I was not aware of the designation or that I fit the description until much later in my education.

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Wait, what does that mean?: Frequently used terms in Higher Education

College is a new world, full of new jargon and slang that describe various departments, functions, policies, and locations on campus. Some are specific to an institution; others are commonly used terms in higher education.

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NASA student

NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium award helps first-generation college student fulfill engineering dreams

Computer engineering undergrad Genesis Paz wins scholarship while associate dean Khaled Elleithy awarded grant funding from the state’s Space Grant Consortium.

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Student Support Services

Student Support Services Program

The Student Support Services Program (SSS), funded by the Federal TRIO Programs, is designed to identify and provide services to a selective group of college students who meet eligibility criteria.

Student Support Services


Honors, Awards and Societies

On behalf of the First Generation Committee, we would like to congratulate the following students on being the First to Graduate from college!

Honors, Awards and Societies

key to UB Handbook

Key to UB Student Handbook

UB First: The UB first community provides an inclusive environment for Purple Knights who identify as first-generation college students defined as neither parent/guardian has earned a bachelor’s degree.

Key to UB


Melanie Strout, Co-Chair
First-Gen Committee
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126 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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