Shonda Goward, is passionate about first generation college students because she was one.  Shonda attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an out-of-state student, and graduated with a double major in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science.  However, being a first generation student, and low-income, definitely presented challenges that were vastly different than those of her peers.

Upon completing a Master of Arts degree in English, Shonda began working in higher education as both a lecturer in writing, and admissions officer, and saw many students excited to be admitted to a university, but wholly unaware of what to do next or how to succeed in the classroom.  First Generation University is a reflection of her personal commitment to giving first generation, and other non-traditional students, agency when it comes to their success.

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