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May 2, 2016


 In October of the year 2015 four students from Rutgers University - Camden attended the 27th Annual HENAAC Conference in Pasadena, California presented by Great Minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, (STEM). In the picture above from left to right Al...

April 29, 2016

A year ago a few of my friends, mentors, and I decided to create a club. We saw the need of am organization dedicated to resolve the needs of first generation students. I had no previous executive board experience, but I knew I wanted to help the community. After a few...

April 29, 2016

I am very pleased with the TRiO Support Services Mentor Program. I believe it is the best thing that came along since I have volunteered for it, because students can and will always relate to other students that is in their same predicament or situations academically o...

April 29, 2016

Growing up in the inner city, Nyuma Waggeh and Kadeem Pratt acknowledge there were many times that it would have been much easier to give up than to pursue a higher education.

“We’ve both been able to overcome the odds and obstacles,” says Waggeh, an East Orange residen...

April 29, 2016

The First Generation Summit showed me that many students around the United States understand the need for a support system dedicated to first generation students. I specially enjoyed when Executive Board members from multiple first generation clubs came together to dis...

April 29, 2016


The First Generation Summit at Williams College was a great learning experience. I was able to connect with new students and learn how students from other schools get through the day to day school activities. I never truly realized how many student are actually first...

April 29, 2016

 I would like to give a big shout out to the wonderful EOF staff and Trio staff at Rutgers University-Camden. Attending the First Generation Summit at Williams College has given me the opportunities that not a lot of students were able to experience. Being involved at...

April 21, 2016


Adding values to a community of need is a way to sustain a business vision" was what one of my Rutgers Finance professor has taught me. Seeing neighborhoods, like Langa and District 10, that have to prepay for their electricity tell me that development regions like th...

April 11, 2016




As an incoming freshman, I never imagined that I would participate in a learning abroad program. I had never traveled outside the US before, and visiting another country with a group of strangers seemed crazy to me. But somehow in my s...

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As a first-generation college graduate, former EOF student, TRiO McNair Scholar, native of Camden and proud alumna of Rutgers, Rodriguez uses her experiences to understand and support first generation college students. Notable accomplishments include the establishment of B1GS, a newly formed student centered organization that Bridges 1st Generation College Students on campus.


Ana Rodriguez received a B.A. from Rutgers, M.A. from Columbia University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education, Culture, and Society at Rutgers Graduate School of Education.


January 10, 2018

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