The First Generation Network is comprised of alumni, parents, and students who are the first in their families to attend college. Through intentional programs and discussions, the purpose of this group is to connect across generations, provide mentorship, and share experiences and resources in order to support its current members, as well as provide a positive impact for future generations of UR alumni.


The First Generation Network recently launched and we are building this incredible group. There are a multitude of resources, experiences, and stories to share together. To join our network, please fill out this form.


Contact Us

For more information on the First Generation Network and additional identity-based programs and events, contact Lauren McKenna, associate director of alumni relations at

Lauren McKenna was named associate director for diversity and inclusion programs, alumni relations, in January 2019. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, fundraising, and alumni relations. Lauren is personally and professionally dedicated to diversity and inclusive excellence and is thrilled to be part of the University of Rochester family.

Lauren McKenna