The following email was sent to Barnard students on Nov. 8, 2018:

Dear Barnard Students:

Please join me today as we recognize the success of Barnard's first-generation students, faculty, and staff as we unite with colleges across the country for the second annual First-Generation College Celebration. Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Higher Education Act (HEA), which helped millions of low-income students become the first members of their families to earn college degrees.

We are excited that our First-Gen, Low-Income (FGLI) student program ( is growing and expanding services for students from marginalized groups. The new FLIP Library ( provides textbooks and other course materials for low-income and/or first-generation students. 

Additionally, I am proud to announce that seven students were recently named to Barnard's FGLI Student Advisory Board. The students are Kaoutar Afif '21, Vanessa Alvarez '22, Magdalen Kwarteng '20, Susu Rawwagah '21, Kania Rimu '20, Megan May Rivera '21, and Tamima Sultana '22. You can find more information on the board at I will work closely with the board to identify new programs and services that will support our FGLI students and enrich their Barnard experience. 

As part of today's national celebration, our first-gen students will gather this afternoon for a reception and keynote address from Barnard Environmental Science Lecturer Christian Braneon, who was also a first-gen student when he began college in Georgia. If you are interested in learning more about these activities or have any questions, please feel free to email me at   


Jemima Gedeon 
Associate Dean for Student Success