First Generation

For students who identify as First Generation college students in their family, our SBS RISE program and the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) are important programs. Details about SBS RISE, CMASS, and additional resources can be accessed below.

The ABCs of Resilience with Ginny Chandler: UMass Dignity and Respect in Action, The Podcast

Dr. Genevieve “Ginny” Chandler’s research and work focuses on resilience, which she defines as “recognizing your internal and external supports to manage stress.” She joins UMass Dignity and Respect in Action to talk about her concept of resilience and how …

By Adrian Grace
Adrian Grace Director of Undergraduate Advising
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Learn the History of Our Cultural Centers

Featuring: CMASS

See the timeline of historical events that contributed to the creation of cultural centers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst beginning in 1968.

The project, which began in 2018, seeks to equip interested undergraduate students with the skills …

By Adrian Grace
Adrian Grace Director of Undergraduate Advising
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14 Great Jobs for College Students That Give You “Real World” Skills

There’s a lot going on during your undergraduate years—and not all of it is directly tied to your future career. But at least part of going to college is about getting the skills you need to land your first job …

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Relevant Courses

These courses offered by SBS and Linkedin Learning will help you build the skills employers seek.

Student Success Stories

Featured Resources

The Pathways Center has created some useful training and refresher videos to help students explore and register for classes. Below …

Students who are the first in their family to attend a college or university work hard to get there, and …

These texts explore the unique challenges of those students who identify as “first-gen,” i.e., those whose parents do not have …