McGeorge School of Law

Spring Forward to Success: First-Generation Welcome Back Mixer

February 4, 2020

Professors Adrienne Brungess and Ederlina Co

Professors Adrienne Brungess and Ederlina Co

Student Denny Yu, Professor Courtney Lee, and Student Nataliya Shtevnina

Student Denny Yu, Professor Courtney Lee, and Student Nataliya Shtevnina

The group

The group

The food!

The food!

The Spring Forward to Success: First-Generation Welcome Back Mixer was held in the McGeorge’s Grand Salon on the evening of Jan. 15.

The mixer was initiated for first-generation students to kick off the spring semester, and to bring faculty, staff, and alumni together to meet and reconnect.

McGeorge has always strongly supported and advocated for its first-generation students, as they have long been an important part of the school’s student body since the school started nearly 100 years ago. The average number of first-generation students per class from 2017 through 2019 was 41.6 percent.

McGeorge has been recognized by The Princeton Review for offering significant resources for minority students. This year The Princeton Review Best Law Schools listed McGeorge number eight among 167 law schools in the nation for “Greatest Resources for Minority Students” category.

One of those resources is at the heart of supporting the ideal of diversity. The Sacramento Campus Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) is a drop-in space located upstairs in the Student Center. The Center is open to all students and is staffed by peer volunteers. Students are encouraged to explore the center for kinship and support. The center also offers The First-Generation Empowerment and Support Group specifically for first-generation students. Programming from the Center seeks to build community, foster understanding on issues of diversity, and promote an atmosphere of inclusion for all members of the Sacramento campus.

In regard to financial aid, one of the possibilities for financial aid is the Oak Park Scholarship, which is a comprehensive, need-based scholarship for first-generation college students from the Sacramento Oak Park community who have demonstrated the potential for sustainable leadership, community awareness, and involvement. The program serves the educational needs of low-income students by providing access to college along with a wide range of support to the recipient as they pursue higher education.

The Oak Park Scholarship also offers the student leadership training and opportunities preparing the recipient to return to the community as a leader and productive citizen. The scholarship recipient maintains links with communities in Sacramento and Stockton, supporting their educational concerns by maintaining an active volunteer service program throughout the communities. The student must continue their volunteer service throughout school to remain qualified for the scholarship.

These programs, among others, demonstrates that the McGeorge Community believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of our institutional mission. We value inclusiveness in learning, curricular and co-curricular programming, campus climate, recruitment, admissions, hiring, and retention.

McGeorge’s Diversity Week is underway from Feb. 3 to 7, 2020.