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Apple Ortiz, UW Tacoma first-generation student

Apple Ortiz

June 5, 2018

First-generation students, who don't have a family history of higher education, are a group that makes UW Tacoma a very special place. Read their stories as they tell, in their own words, about the challenges they overcame on their path to success.

"You gotta nourish to flourish"

De-Stress Fest

December 4, 2017

A week-long series of activities, organized by First Gen Fellows, is aimed at helping students survive the rigors of finals week.

Arwa Dubad, UW Tacoma ASUWT President 2017-18

Arwa Dubad: Answering the Call

September 21, 2017

Arwa Dubad, '18 Politics, Philosophy & Economics, is well on her way to achieving her goal of becoming a lawyer.

Rafael Saucedo, '17, Healthcare Leadership

Rafael Saucedo, '17, Healthcare Leadership

June 9, 2017

Telling himself he wasn't going to make any friends staying locked in his Court 17 apartment, Rafael Saucedo became a student leader and the first one in his family to get a college degree.

Kayesee Schermerhorn, UW Tacoma law and policy scholar and first-generation student

Kayesee Schermerhorn, '17, Law & Policy

June 9, 2017

A class in sociology changed Kayesee Schermerhorn's worldview, leading her to choose law and policy as a major, and ultimately leading to the Husky 100.

Ashley Righetti, '17, Psychology

Ashley Righetti, '17, Psychology

June 9, 2017

A first-generation college student and one of the Husky 100, Ashley Righetti plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Gabriela Raisl, UW Tacoma psychology major and first-generation student

Gabriela Raisl, '17, Psychology

June 9, 2017

The 9/11 attacks changed her life completely, but Gabriela Raisl, UW Tacoma psychology graduate and first-generation student, has learned there is more than one way to achieve your dreams.

Christopher Johnston, first-generation UW Tacoma student in Law & Policy

Christopher Johnston, '17, Law & Policy

June 9, 2017

Overcoming what seemed to be impossible challenges, Christopher Johnston credits his mother's love and support, and the Husky Promise, for his degree in Law & Policy.