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First Generation Students Launch Community Conversations

The First Generation/Low Income (FGLI) community members know now, more than ever, that staying connected to each other is so important. The student leaders of this community came together to develop a series called “Community Conversations,” a Zoom hangout every Friday night where FGLI students can come together to laugh, cry, and most importantly, stay connected. We were honored when we heard that President Reif was interested in attending a Community Conversation.

On Friday, April 24, President Reif joined 30 undergrads for an open and honest conversation about COVID-19 and how it’s particularly affecting this community. President Reif addressed the questions and concerns brought up by students, and students had the opportunity to share personal stories of how they’re adjusting to life off campus, provide feedback on remote learning, and share their overall concerns about living in a “new normal.”

At the end of the hour-long conversation, students felt like their voices were really heard. President Reif validated their feelings and ensured students that the Institute is working hard and thinking critically about next steps. And although much is still unknown regarding the future and the “new normal,” the students really appreciated the honesty and transparency during this particularly ambiguous time.

Thank you President Reif!

— Taylor Pons