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First-Gen Student Union

Hope College’s first-generation student union, 1GenHope, is a gathering place for new and returning first-gen Hope students.

This is a place where faculty and staff at Hope who were also first gen come to hang out. It’s not a physical building, but an anchor point for the first-generation student. We meet twice a month to eat, catch up and talk about our semesters.

We hope that you’ll join us on this journey. We are proud to be first gen, and you should be too.

“It’s really neat that over 100 of the 800 employees here at Hope were also first gen. It reminds me that I’m not alone. That there are other stories like mine.”

“Sometimes I still feel guilty leaving my family back at home. They relied on me so much. I know they want me here, but I have to listen to my friends and mentors when they tell me that my being at Hope will benefit my family in the long run. I am caring for them by getting an education.”