Focus on first-gen: This week we highlight Coleen Pugh, vice provost for Research, dean of the Graduate School, professor in the Department of Chemistry. Why does advocating for first-gen matter? Advocating for first generation students matters because we need to remember that the system we take for granted may be completely foreign to them. We need to provide the missing information, as well as a welcoming environment and the assurance that they can be successful. If these students are successful, our university is successful, and our society benefits from the economic prosperity that comes with an educated workforce that can serve societal needs, respond to challenges and innovate. Sign up to join the First-Gen Affinity Shockers —This group is designed to foster a community of first-generation professionals, build a group that offers professional development and networking opportunities. It’s also meant to foster an environment where common experiences can be shared, while addressing the needs of first-gen professionals at Wichita State University.