FILM PREVIEW: FGWC Promotes Awareness with “First Generation”

Serena Runyan

First Generation and Working Class Club’s (FGWC) presented an exhibit titled “In My Shoes” in Stevens Gallery this past Tuesday, Oct. 30. This exhibit and two weeks of FGWC awareness program will end with the screening of the documentary, “First Generation” on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium.

Cosponsored by ASWC, FGWC, WEB and the Intercultural Center, “First Generation” documents four high school students: inner city athlete, small town waitress, Samoan warrior dancer, and daughter of migrant field workers; who are all pursuing to break the cycle of poverty by pursuing a college education.

The film explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation. Is higher education only for the wealthy? This documentary serves to provide firsthand accounts on what it means to be First Generation.

According to FGWC, the gallery exhibit and film were picked to promote awareness of the issues that first generation students face on Whitman campus, as well as to create a better understanding of their experiences by displaying first generation stories.

Students and community members are encouraged to attend the screening