We run the two largest low-income, first-gen conferences in the country: the 1vyG Conference and the EdMobilizer FLI Conference. Every year, hundreds of students, administrators, and organizations gather to build community and work to improve FLI support systems on campuses across the nation.
Past conferences have been held at Brown (2015), Harvard (2016), Yale (2017), Stanford (2018), University of Pennsylvania (2018) .
By the Numbers
National Conferences held across the country
Higher education Institutions Represented
Students, ALumni, Administrators in the Edmobilizer network
Through direct advocacy, innovative programming, and sustainable coalitions, we aim to use our platform and our network to tackle institutional barriers facing low-income and first-generation students.
#NoApologies - Eliminating application fee Waivers
In February 2017, we launched a national campaign to automatically waive application fee waivers for first-gen and low-income students. We coordinated with 14 universities with the goal of increasing the number of FLI applicants to college.
Chronicle of Higher Education: For Some First-Generation Students, Fee Waivers Don’t Go Far Enough
Associated Press: Students push Ivy League to drop fee
next Frontier - FLi Success after college
We know first hand the barriers that students face do not end at university. Our Next Frontier Initiative is a series of interactive webinars by low-income, first gen alumni specially for low-income, first gen students. Whether it's graduate school, jobs, or fellowships, we want to ease the transition for FLI students into life after college.
Full Disclosure Initiative - Re-evaluating legacy
This year, after reading the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's True Merit report, our coalition coordinated the largest national push to re-evaluate and eventually eliminate the use of legacy preferences in admissions.
The Atlantic: A New Call to End Legacy Admissions
Associated Press: Students, alumni challenge legacy preference at top colleges
First but not alone - elevating FLI narratives
Our newest initiative hopes to elevate the stories of FLI students at various stages of their lives: from applying to college to interviewing for jobs. In these moments of transition, we hope sharing stories of other FLI students succeeding and struggling will inspire those to come to keep fighting for their dream.
"Fourth conference of IvyG network is a far cry from the first one... They have claimed real estate (at Brown and Penn, literal centers) and are methodically labeling the barriers they wish to dismantle. As a group last year, they got top colleges to waive application fees without making students detail family hardships [#NoApologies Iniative], which they found humiliating. Next up: Persuade elite colleges to eliminate legacy admissions.
— Laura Pappano, The Hechinger Report, First-gen students at elite colleges go from lonely and overwhelmed to empowered and provoking change
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