CAPLA First-Gen Alliance

About the CAPLA First-Generation Alliance

CAPLA’s First-Generation Alliance recognizes and celebrates students who are trailblazers for their families, being among the first to attend college or a university.

The university defines first-generation students as:

  • Those who come from a family in which neither parent or legal guardian completed a four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or higher)
  • Those who come from a home where parent(s) or legal guardian(s) completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in another country, outside of the U.S.
  • Those whose parents are separated or divorced and the parent with primary custody or with whom the student lives the majority of their time does not have a bachelor’s degree
  • Those who experienced homelessness or were in foster care or a ward of the state

This alliance formed as a network of support to help students identify fellow students, faculty and staff who themselves identify as first-generation and/or are committed to supporting first-generation students.

For additional information, please contact Sean Kramer-Lazar, senior academic advisor, at

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