the University of Pennsylvania will host 1vyG 2018!

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Candida alfaro - Conference co-chair

Candida Alfaro was born and raised in Soledad, CA, a small farming town in the central coast of California. She’s the oldest child of two Mexican immigrant farm workers and has accomplished many “firsts” in her life, she was the first in her family to learn English, the first in her family to attend and graduate from high school, and the first in her family to attend college. She credits her parent’s hard work, sacrifices and endless support for everything she’s accomplished.

At Penn, Candy is majoring in Communication and Public Service and minoring in Legal Studies. Outside of the classroom, Candy is involved in Penn First, Penn’s first-generation and low-income student group and has served as the Communication Chair and Inter-Collegiate Chair. After graduation Candy plans on joining the Peace Corps and later attending graduate school or law school and work in education policy. Eventually, she wants to move back to her hometown and work for the community that shaped her into who she is today.

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Anea Moore - Conference Co-Chair

Anea Moore is one of the Co-Chairs of the 2018 1vyG conference. She is from Philadelphia and is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania double majoring in Sociology and Urban-Studies with a concentration in Law and a minor in Africana-Studies. In 2015, Anea very tragically lost both of her parents just as she was starting school. But that did not deter her. She knows her parents’ deaths were a part of a larger systemic problem that too often leads to low-income citizens not gaining access to the most basic necessities. She’s the Assistant Family Engagement Coordinator at a local school where she works to bring student and parent programming to over 600 students and their families.

On campus, she is a leader in Penn’s first-generation, low-income (FGLI) student community. She advocates on behalf of her fellow FGLI students while serving as a student representative on University Council and a board member for FGLI student clubs. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Anea wants to attend law school and get a Master’s Degree in Education Policy. She’s passionate about youth and family issues and urban redevelopment.


Watch this special video message from Eric Waldo, Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative and last year's Keynote Speaker, expressing his support of the work of the Harvard College First Generation Student Union and 1vyG leadership in advocating for first-generation college student success and accessibility.

On February 27th - March 1st, 2015 at Brown University, 250 first-generation college students, 25 administrators, and 25 experts from the Ivy League and beyond gathered to define ourselves and our community. First-generation college students may be the first, but they are not alone. Produced by Richard Flores.

What is it like to be the first member of your family to go to college? First-generation college students must learn to deal with the privilege and the challenges. Produced by: Natalia V. Follow the NYTimes coverage of 1vyG in "First Generation Students Unite.