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Loyola receives national honor for its commitment to first-generation student success

Loyola University Maryland

March 10, 2022


Loyola University Maryland was recently selected to join the 2022-23 First-gen Forward cohort by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. The First-gen Forward designation recognizes institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.

“Loyola University Maryland is honored to receive the First-gen Forward designation, as it affirms our deep commitment to equity and inclusion, which includes creating a welcoming environment for our first-generation college students,” said Rodney L. Parker, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, interim chief equity and inclusion officer. “By joining NASPA's First-gen Forward cohort, Loyola looks forward to further entering the national conversation about how to support, learn from, and build meaningful relationships with our own first-generation students.”

This fall, Loyola welcomed more than 750 first-generation students across class years. The University continues to strengthen its efforts to support first-generation students with campus-wide events like National First-generation College Day, First-gen Friday drop-in meetings with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the First-Gen Student Success Committee, the First-Gen Hounds student organization, the First-gen Ally university-wide program, and a forthcoming “handbook” to provide additional resources.