The University of Iowa First-Generation Task Force is charged with considering the unique role that faculty and staff have in supporting the academic success of first-generation students. In addition, under the 1stGen@Iowa initiative, the group aims to build awareness of and celebrate the first-gen identity.

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The 1stGen@Iowa initiative seeks to inform and educate the campus community, support first-generation students in their academic and career endeavors, and ensure that students ultimately succeed at the University of Iowa.

This initiative, developed by the UI First-Generation Task Force, focuses on the role that faculty and staff have in first-gen students' success and aims to build awareness of and celebrate the first-gen identity.

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Number of faculty and staff currently serving on the UI First-Generation Task Force

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Number of ongoing campus-wide 1stGen@Iowa events and initiatives established so far by the task force

Meet the First-Generation Task Force Members

Task Force Leadership

Tanya Uden-Holman

Tanya Uden-Holman, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the University College  

Wayne Jacobson

Wayne Jacobson, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Assessment
Office of the Provost

Angie Lamb

Angela Lamb, MA

Assistant Director, Academic Support & Retention
University College

Alicia Joens Pomerantz Career Center
Alicia Ambler ESL Programs
Amy Baumgartner Residence Education
Anastasia Williams Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology Center for Teaching
Andrew Beckett University College
Angela Ward Distance & Online Education
Angela Lamb Academic Support & Retention
Anna Flaming Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology Center for Teaching
Benjamin Hassman Department of Rhetoric
Blaine Greteman Department of English
Carolyn Colvin Teaching & Learning
Chandler Easley Student Athlete Academic Services
Cindy Seyfer Office of Student Financial Aid
Cody Pritchard CCOM Student Affairs
Dana Thomann Department of Rhetoric
Danielle Martinez Academic Support & Retention
David Johnson Office of the Registrar
Diane Crosby Academic Advising Center
Erin Barnes Rehabilitation & Counselor Education
Hannah Shelton-Hauck Academic Support & Retention
Jamarco Clark Office of the Dean of Students
James Ankrum Biomedical Engineering
Jan Wessel Psychological & Brain Sciences
Jane Dorman College of Engineering Administration
Jenay Solomon Library Administration 
Jenna Yang Undergraduate Student Government
Kate Torno Fashimpaur CLAS Administration
Kate Newcomb Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence
Katherine McCullough School of Library & Information Science
Kathryn Stoltenberg Office of the Registrar
Kelly Danaher Psychological & Brain Sciences
Kevin Tong Residence Education
Kim Klinedinst Public Health Administration
Kristen Stradt Johnson Tippie College of Business
Kristi Norris Academic Support & Retention
Linda Varvel Carver College of Medicine Administration
Lisa Ingram Academic Advising Center
Logan Williams Undergraduate Student Government
Maria Bruno Division of Student Life
Martha Kirby CLAS Administration
Mary Aldugom Psychological & Brain Sciences
Matt Anson Office of Assessment
Matthew Miller Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support (IVETS)
Megan Meyer Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
Mirra Anson Academic Support & Retention
Monica Madura CLAS Administration
Patrick Rossmann Student Wellness
Regan Smock Undergraduate Student Government
Sara Nasrollahian Mojarad Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology Center for Teaching
Shaun Vecera UI Honors Program
Steph Yazell TRIO Student Support Services
Tanya Uden-Holman Provost Administration
Taylor Beyal Office of Student Financial Aid
Teri Schnelle Office of the Vice President for Student Life
Theresa Ho Microbiology
Tristan Schmidt TRIO Upward Bound
Wayne Jacobson Office of Assessment
Xiangheng Li  Undergraduate Student Government
Zoe Derrickson Academic Support & Retention

Featured Blog Posts

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Grassroots Mobilization of Faculty and Staff

Written by Cody Pritchard and Angie Lamb

The University of Iowa has a long tradition of supporting students who may be at risk of not completing a degree. However, despite having identified nearly 30 distinct campus initiatives that support various groups of at-risk students, until early 2017, the institution did not have an integrated, campus-wide approach to student success that is specific to first-generation students. The First-Generation Task Force, convened in spring 2017, aims to fill this need.

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Ways to Make a Difference: Building Awareness and Celebrating First-Gen Students

By Angie Lamb


The University of Iowa First-Generation Task Force was initially charged with examining ways the institution could better support first-generation students. In particular, the group was asked to consider the unique role that faculty and staff have in supporting first-generation students