PrideFirst Generation

First Gen Committee

A task force was created in the spring of 2015 to investigate how the University might better support its community of first-generation college students. One year later, this group produced an executive report outlining 12 steps the University could take. In the fall of 2016, committees were formed to begin work on these 12 recommendations. Today there is one First Generation Committee, comprised of administrators, faculty, and graduate students that work to provide resources to first-generation Hofstra students, and to develop a community of pride for current and former first-gen students at Hofstra. The Committee plans social and educational programming, facilitates mentorship opportunities, pursues funding and scholarship opportunities, and works to educate the campus community about the talents first generation students bring to Hofstra.

In the spring of 2018, the committee was very pleased to announce that they had worked to receive designation from The First Gen Center at NASPA (The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), making Hofstra a First Forward Institution. This designation was given to only 80 colleges and universities in the country leading the way in supporting first generation college student success. Participation in this cohort further sets Hofstra apart as a leader in First Generation student support.

In May of 2018, the First Generation Committee was recognized by the Division of Student Affairs with The Teamwork Award at their yearly awards celebration.

All individuals on this committee are committed to the support of first-generation students, with many of them having been first-gen themselves. Feel free to reach out to any committee member listed to learn more about the work we do. If you are interested in joining the committee, please email Russ.D.Smith[at]hofstra.edu.

Division of Student Affairs Teamwork Award

Russ Smith – Committee Chair
Associate Director – Office of Residence Life
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Jennifer Boscarino-Green
Senior Associate Dean – Center for University Advising
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Heather DePierro
Assistant Dean and Director – Community Standards
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Paul Fritz
Associate Professor – Political Science
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Stephanie Iaccarino
Intake and Accommodations Manager – Student Access Services
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Sabrina J. Iaria
Career Advisor – The Career Center
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Darlene Johnson
Director of External Relations – The Career Center
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Adrienne Kravitz
Associate Director – Campus Recreation
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Edili Lopez
Assistant Dean - Center for University Advising: Communication & HCLAS
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Kristopher Lotier
Assistant Professor
Writing Studies & Rhetoric
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Beth McGuire
Director – Residence Life
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Lorraine Massiah
Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion – The Career Center
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Ellen C. Miller
Associate Dean - Center for University Advising: STEM
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Anthony J. Porcelli
Assistant Dean - Communication, Advancement, and Engagement - School of Health Professions
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David Renz
Student Success Advisor – Center for Academic Excellence
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Brittany Rhoden
Resident Director – Alliance & Bill of Rights Halls
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Jahleal Savage
Resident Director
Residence Life
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Kimberly Sloan-Montalvo
Assistant Dean – Center for University Advising: Communications & HCLAS
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Sarah Vetri
Resident Director
Residence Life
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