FGI Group Listening
FGI Group Photo
FGI Listening Photo


Many first-generation college students have no prior exposure or knowledge of navigating higher education institutions. But what happens to these same individuals after they graduate college and land their first jobs? For most, they find themselves not only learning how to do a job but figuring out how to advance to the next one.


General Information

First-Generation Institute (FGI) is an intensive three-day program designed for students to integrate their college experiences into the world of work. FGI will empower first-generation students through critical mentoring, skill-building and reflection to enhance their knowledge, increase their efficacy, and give them a path to become first-generation professionals.


Program Curriculum

The curriculum offered through FGI will utilize a network of partners to offer a wide variety of vibrant workshops and expert speakers with its three focuses: 1) Communication Proficiency 2) Thinking & Reasoning 3) Workplace Professionalism.


Program Outcome

By participating in FGI, students will:

  • Develop skills and perspectives needed to progress from first-generation students to first-generation professionals.
  • Receive guidance in mapping out short and long term career goals.
  • Build a customized plan for professional growth to increase self-awareness and professional marketability.
  • Establish a network conducive for lasting collegial relationships with whom they can explore their identity and how it relates to their personal and professional success.


Program Benefits

As a participant, you will receive the following:

  • Students chosen to participate will enjoy the opportunity to meet with a mentor to review their Individualized Professional Development Action Plan.
  • Networking opportunities with first-generation professionals, employers, and community leaders.
  • Access to information on leadership opportunities and resources available on and off campus.



We are looking for students who have a desire for personal and professional growth.

  •         Must be able to attend all three days of the Institute
  •         Must be a Sacramento State student
  •         Must have completed 29 or more units


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis. Email notification of acceptance will be sent to you by the week of. Upon acceptance, participants will receive further instructions and details will be provided with confirmation.

Contact: Dr. Chao Vang at chao.vang@csus.edu or 916-278-5877

First Generation Storytelling

Each student completed their own spoken word poem about who they are, their success and challenges from the past, present and future in the context of their identity at the culminating ceremony July 29, 2018.

Student Experiences