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We are First-Gen @ CCA

Last updated on Dec 05, 2023


These are the stories of first-generation college students at CCA. We are students, faculty, and staff. We are complex, multifaceted, unique, strong, and an integral part of the CCA community. We are learning, influencing, and guiding along with our communities. Our stories are about vulnerability, pride, struggle, ease, and growth. We share our stories so we will be the first of many to graduate from college and pursue our dreams through a creative education. We share our stories to increase awareness of the first-gen experience and to celebrate the accomplishments of our community.

CCA's 2021 First Annual First Generation College Celebration was held on November 8 and was sponsored by the President's Diversity Steering Group and the Office of the Provost. Logo by Dylan Spangler, Graphic Design.

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Voy a ser artista y el mundo no está preparado.

Bryan Dominguez, Painting + Drawing Major and Undergraduate Advising Assistant

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Be Unafraid in the Face of Ambition!

Nya Serano, Painting + Drawing Major and Student Success Peer Mentor

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Kaydence Wix - First Gen Student Stories

Proving Myself

Robin Parks, Illustration Alum and Former Senior Academic Coach

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Wanting to 'be somebody'.

Lynda Grose, Professor, Fashion Design and Critical Studies

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Maxwell in a soft yellow tie, light grey vest, and light grey-blue button down shirt, smiling in front of an art piece.

I Knew I Was First-Gen When...

Maxwell Leung, Associate Professor Critical Studies and Critical Ethnic Studies

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Suzanne is in a navy blue blazer with a white shirt, red lipstick, glasses, and long brown hair in front of a yellow building with red windows.

Be Persistent

Suzanne Greva, Vice President of Finance, Accounting and Business Services

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Helen Maria is shown in black & white looking to the right smiling wearing glasses with dark, curly hair. She is wearing a dark scoop-neck t-shirt with a small, thin necklace with a circle charm.

Echale Ganas

Yesenia Aguilar, CCA Alum, Individualized 2019, current Alumni & Friends Engagement Manager

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Use Every Resource You Can

Leonard Crosby, CCA Alum, MFA Creative Writing, Fiction

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Second Act

Rosa De Anda, CCA Alum, MFA Creative Writing, Fiction 2018

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We are here.

Tammy Rae Carland - Provost and Faculty Member

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The Story I was Never Told

Jeremy Khuth, Former Director of Residential Education

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Never Supposed To Get This Far

Niko Bellott, Senior Director, Grants, Partnerships & Engagement

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Make the Most of your Time at CCA

George Luis Sedano (he / him / él) - Vice President for Student Affairs

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Her Dream

Fonda Yoshimoto-Reed - Former Director of Student Success

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