First Generation Social shows low awareness

Students join first generation coordinator Lucy Romao Vandepol for refreshments and conversation.

OSHAWA – The lacking attendance at the First Generation Social at the Durham College Oshawa campus demonstrates lack of awareness to students.


According to the Durham College website, a first generation student is “a student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) has/have not attended a post-secondary institution.”


Despite one-third of students on campus identifying as a first generation student, the First Generation Social at the Oshawa Campus followed suit with an underwhelming turnout of 13 students.


“This is about average,” says Lucy Romao Vandepol, First Generation Student Coordinator.


Most First Generation events are free and open to all first generation students regardless of what year of study they are in.


“Lattes with Lucy” is year-round event organized by Romao Vandepol to encourage first generation students to get to know one another, her and the college. She has also implemented an event called Mindful Meditation happening on Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. in the Aboriginal Student Centre running September 25th – October 16th.


In an effort to improve turnout, Romao Vandepol ensures that emails are being sent to first generation students reminding them about these events and encouraging their attendance. She also asks for feedback regarding what they would like to see happen on campus and if they have any questions.


Despite low numbers at the First Generation Social, students spent their time eating pizza, getting to know each other and learning about other first generation initiatives on campus.

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Raechel Bonomo is a second-year journalism student at Durham College, a fashion writer and enthusiast / crafter extraordinaire.