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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been recognized by NASPA, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation, as a “First Forward” university. First Forward institutions will support NASPA’s new Center for First Generation Student Success. As one of only nine institutions to receive the First Forward Advisory designation, Carolina will serve as an advisor in the organization’s national dialogue about best practices for first-generation student success demonstrated by Carolina Firsts for undergraduates and Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS for graduate and professional students.

Maria Erb, co-director of Diversity and Student Success, noted of this accomplishment, “I express my thanks to all who also support the Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS and Diversity and Student Success (DSS) in The Graduate School. We are proud to be part of this inaugural cohort with one of the few institutions nationally who have created a formal program at the graduate and professional education level. It has been a wonderful week for us—first being recognized with a 2019 University Diversity Award and now this First Forward Advisory Institution designation.”

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