Often, first-generation students are categorized simply as those who are the first in their family to attend college. This definition is open to interpretation and can leave a lot of unanswered questions. The University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) abides by the federal government's definition of first-generation students used to determine eligibility for the PELL grant: A student is considered first generation if "neither natural-born or adoptive parents received a bachelor degree or higher."

Being first generation opens the possibility that a student may not have the same cultural capital needed for college success because their parents did not attend college. At UMSL we're striving to close this gap through services, social support and with more resources to come.

Beginning here, you will find a growing directory of first-generation faculty and staff and resources to aid you in building your network for success.


National Celebrate First Gen Day (Nov. 8, 2019)

Check out this recap video to see some of the faces that celebrated UMSL's 3,000 (and growing) first-generation college students with us!


Be a part of building the first-gen resource foundation for students by signing up for the newsletter. Submit your support suggestions to the New Student Programs at newstudentprograms@umsl.edu.


First-Generation Faculty and Staff Directory

Don't see yourself on this Faculty and Staff Directory? Fill out this Google form using your UMSL email account and submit to be added in the future.


Faculty

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Sharon Johnson

Dean, School of Social Work 
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Colette Dixon

Assistant Dean, College of Nursing
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Dave Robinson

Chair of College of Arts & Sciences, Political Science
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Birgit Noll

Associate Dean Chair of College of Arts & Sciences
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Stephanie Van Stee

Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, Communication & Media
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Lori Curtis

BSW Program Director & Advising Coordinator, School of Social Work
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Kimberly Welch

Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, English
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Bettina Casad

Associate Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, Psychological Sciences
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Anita Manion

Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science
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Pamela Stuerke

Associate Professor of Accounting, College of Business Administration, Accounting
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Erin Whitteck

Learning Innovation Specialist and Assistant Teaching Professor of Chemistry, CTL and Chemistry
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Keith Stine

Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Ravindra Girivaru

Associate Professor, Mathematics

Staff

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Dorian Hall

Associate Director of the Millennium Student Center
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Kennedy Tipton

College of Business, Academic Advisor
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Justin Rubin

College of Business, Academic Advisor
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Monica Farrell

Manager, Undergraduate Business Advising
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ShaQuina White

Undergraduate Academic Advisor, College of Education
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Princess Davis

College of Education, Academic Advisor
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Stacy Pearson

Academic Advisor for Graduate Students, College of Nursing
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Paul Evensen

Director, Community Innovation and Action Center

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Theresa Murphy

Business Manager, College of Optometry
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Lester Stewart

Manager, Facilities & Technology, Millennium Student Center Operations
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Jacque Flanagan

Office of New Student Programs, New Students Media and Communications Coordinator
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Erin Sullivan

Coordinator for New Student Programs, Office of New Student Programs
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Ashlee Roberts

Associate Director, Office of Student Involvement
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Nicholas Palisch

Director of Student and Alumni Services, College of Optometry
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Tivoli Majors

Office Supervisor, School of Social Work
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Maya Scruggs Hicks

Assistant Director, Student Enrichment and Achievement
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Cassidy Thompson

Study Abroad Coordinator, UMSL Global (Office of International Studies and Programs)