Through a research-driven approach, we work with students, administrators, and institutions of various types to identify and implement the best practices of support for first-generation college and/or low-income students, measure the impact of these changes, and disseminate our findings across higher education.


Our Approach: Identify, Systematize, and Disseminate

Data gathering - whether through surveys, story collection, historical assesments - are incredibly important to identify what needs to change.

Mobilizers and their team implement and systematize school-wide initiatives: events or activities that not only serve as community-building activities, but also allow for increased visibility and produce more data for Mobilizers to analyze.

In the Mobilizer Network, they will share Initiative ideas—if it works well at one school, then it will be improved, disseminated, and replicated across the other institutions. At the conference, students, administrators and leading higher education researchers/policy makers convene to discuss how to further support first-generation college and/or low-income students.


"Best Practices"

Teams of students across campuses are addressing the challenges that first-generation college and/or low-income students face. Through programming, projects and initiatives, and institutional policy changes, Mobilizers take on topics such as food insecurity, mental health, DACA/Undocumented student concerns, etc.

Programming

Mobilizers and their team have developed programing that engages faculty, alumni, undergraduates, graduate students, and undocumented/DACA-mented communities. 

projects

Teams have created innovative projects from a text book lending library to apps that address food insecurity on their campus.

Institutional Policy Changes

Teams and stakeholders have transformed policies at their universities to to broaden college access and success for first-gen and low-income students.