F1RSTGEN: Support for First-Generation Students

Being first-generation means that neither your mom, dad, or guardian attended a four year university and obtained a Bachelor's Degree.


F1RSTGEN is a student-led organization who works to encourage and support first-generation college students at West Texas A&M University. Currently, 50% of the student population identifes as first-generation college students. Our organization promotes the academic success and retention among these students by providing a family oriented environment where students feel comfortable in seeking assistance, celebrating being first-generation, and participating in events on and off campus.

First-Gen Stories For Success


  First Generation Stories for Success  is a book where  you will find stories written by authors who were also first-generation college students and now work in higher education. The authors are a mixture of faculty, staff, and administrators sharing parts of our stories with you, hoping they will help you navigate this new world with a broader perspective. Each chapter approaches first-generation college students' barriers and applies a personal narrative to help you understand how to navigate them better.

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First-Gen Forward

First-Gen Forward Logo

In 2022, through efforts being pushed by F1RSTGEN, West Texas A&M University was designated as a First-Gen Forward Institution and formed part of the 2022-2023 First-Gen Forward Cohort through the Center for First-Generation Student Success. This distinction helps WT receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the Center’s research and resources. WT has the opportunity to meet with universitities nationwide to brainstorm and adapt new innovative ways to assist first-generation college students. 

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What we do:


We host events that celebrate and acknowledge the success of first-generation college students, staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters. Our organization also participates in events at WT such as Homecoming, New Student Orientations, and more.

Community Service

During the semester, our organization participates in multiple community service projects and events in Canyon and Amarillo.


We host socials both on and off campus. These socials are fun activities that we plan for members to interact with one another and spend some time relaxing and having fun outside of school work.

Member Meetings
We meet bi-weekly during the academic year. During these meetings, members have the opportunity to learn about events coming up, discuss new or existing ideas, and learn important information.

We currently have a partnership with WT AmeriCorps to assist first-generation college students on our campus. Through this collaboration, our organization host weekly study hall sessions and has created helpful So You Know Videos to help students navigate college. 


Study Halls



Dr. George Pacheco Jr.
Associate Professor of Communication, F1RSTGEN Advisor
(806) 651-4022