First Generation

First Generations Careers Initiative (FGCI)

As the first in your family to attend a four-year college or university, you face unique considerations as you engage in the career development process.  In collaboration with first gen student leaders, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development established the First Generation Careers Initiative (FGCI) to support first gen students' career development.  The FGCI provides first gen students opportunities to discover and explore career paths while building community and pride in being first gen.

Upcoming FGCI programming and events:

  • First Gen, First Look at the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development
  • Backstage Pass to the Fall Career Fair
  • First Gen Networking Night
  • Backstage Pass to Consulting Week
  • Backstage Pass to the Wall Street Forum

Find out more information about these events in your Handshake account under Events.

First Gen Career Initiative Advisory Board - An advisory board of students seeking to support career development efforts for fellow students:

2019-2020 Board Officers:


Co-Chair: Kate Oh

Year: 2020

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

Major: Accounting

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Co-Chair: Uriel Oropeza-Perez

Year: 2020

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA

Major: Economics, ACMS

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Director of Operations: Jorge Garcia

Year: 2021

Hometown: Fort Walton Beach, FL

Major: Computer Science and Engineering

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Director of Employer Engagement: Hope Hajir

Year: 2022

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Major: Political Science and International Development

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Director of Student Engagement: Carlos Murillo

Year: 2021

Hometown: Grand Junction, CO

Major: Computer Science and Engineering

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First Generation Resources at Notre Dame:

Office of Student Enrichment

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Additional Career Resources:

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