Being the first in your family or support system to go to college can be a challenging task. New Student and Family Programs is here to help you define success, pursue your aspirations and reach your goals. We’ve curated a list of helpful resources below, are happy to connect you with campus offices, and ask that you do not hesitate to contact the team if you have questions or concerns. Past Syracuse Welcome and throughout your student experience, our team will continue to share helpful resources and host events to help you build a community.

Prior to Syracuse Welcome, this two-day program is designed to help new first-generation students connect, answer questions and prepare for their academic career. Through interactive presentations and activities, the goal of the ’Cuse First Pre-Welcome Program is to connect first-generation students with the Syracuse University campus and available resources. Explore the Pre-Welcome webpage for more information.

Our student team members are excited to meet you! ’Cuse First Leaders (CFLs) assist in the planning and execution of the ’Cuse First Pre-Welcome Program, designed for incoming first-year and transfer first-generation students. Through small group activities, large-scale programming and mentorship, the CFLs are integral to the success of the ’Cuse First Program!

Mentees are paired with someone invested in their success—a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges and recognize opportunities. Find program details, application deadlines and more on the Orange Success Mentoring webpage.


Syracuse University First-Generation Faculty and Staff

During their time as college students, the following Syracuse University faculty and staff self-identified as first-generation. Composed of faculty and staff members from various backgrounds and disciplines, this list is a visual representation of their dedication to helping current first-generation students build their personal success networks and their eagerness to help grow a campus of support. Students are encouraged to connect with faculty and staff members, who can then share their personal journeys, insight and support throughout this unique student experience. 

Add your name to the First-Generation Faculty and Staff List!

NameTitle/Role on CampusHometown
Shelby BergenCareer Advisor, Career Services for the College of Engineering and Computer ScienceBaldwinsville, NY
Tammy Bluewolf-KennedyAssistant Director/Native American Liaison, Undergraduate AdmissionsOneida, NY
Cara CapparelliClinical Case Manager for Barnes Center at The Arch - CounselingSyracuse, NY
Giovanna ColosiLibrarian for the School of Education, Team Lead, Syracuse University LibrariesSyracuse, NY
Amy CrissProfessor and Department Chair for PsychologyAkron, OH
Jessica CuadraIntramural Sports Coordinator for Barnes Center at The Arch - RecreationMiami, FL
Harlie DalfoAssistant Director, Transfer & Veteran AdmissionsWallacetown, PA
Joseph DitreProfessor, PsychologyFairlawn, NJ
Patricia FordBudget Manager, Department of PhysicsPompey, NY
Alison FredericksProgram Manager for Retention and Student SuccessEast Syracuse, NY
Amy FriersAcademic Counselor for the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)/Student Support Services (SSS)Camillus, NY
Jules GibbsPart-Time Instructor, English and Creative WritingClarks Summit, PA
Karess GillespieAssistant Director for Student LivingOklahoma City, OK
Leonard GrantAssistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and CompositionRahway, NJ
Butch HallmarkAssistant Director for New Student ProgramsTuscaloosa, AL
Chandice Haste-JacksonAssociate Dean for Falk College, Student Services & Associate Teaching Professor for Human Development and Family ScienceSyracuse, NY
Cristina HatemDirector of Strategic Marketing and Communications, Syracuse University LibrariesBuffalo, NY
Sandra HewettThe Beverly Petterson Bishop Professor of Neuroscience, BiologyTaunton, MA
Jonathan J. HosterAssociate Director for Undergraduate Admissions & Recruitment, College of Engineering and Computer SciencePhiladelphia, PA
James HouglandProfessor, Chemistry and BiologyRock Island, IL
Carrie Ingersoll-WoodDirector, Disability Cultural CenterApalachin, NY
Jeanine IronsFaculty Developer for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Center for Teaching and Learning ExcellenceBirmingham, AL
Lee KennardAssociate Professor, Department of MathematicsWadsworth, OH
Krista KennedyAssociate Professor of Writing & Rhetoric, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and CompositionNorth Little Rock, AR
Katherine KidwellAssistant Professor, PsychologyPowhatan, VA
Gabrielle R.M. LakeAssistant Director of Communications in the Student ExperienceSyracuse, NY
Katharine LewisProfessor and Chair of BiologyLondon, United Kingdom
Maria LopezAssistant Director of Scholarship Programs, Office of Multicultural AdvancementBronx, NY
R.J. MalabananPart-Time Instructor of Asian/Asian American Studies, College of Arts and SciencesStaten Island, NY
Missy Mathis-HanlonDirector for Parent and Family ServicesBinghamton, NY
Matthew MayeProfessor and Chair, ChemistryBinghamton, NY
Tim McCoyProfessional Writing Instructor, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and CompositionDunlap, IL
Dana McQuillanAssistant Director, Enrollment and Engagement, School of ArchitectureNewington, CT
Rae Ann MeriwetherAssociate Teaching Professor, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and CompositionBrentwood, NY
Brice NordquistAssociate Professor of Writing & Rhetoric, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition & Dean's Professor of Community Engagement for Arts and Sciences, Engaged Humanities NetworkWichita Falls, TX
Corrine OcchinoAssistant Professor, Languages, Literatures, and LinguisticsGreen Bay, WI
Samantha PerkinsDigital and Social Media Coordinator in the Student ExperienceAllentown, PA
Pam PeterInvestigator, Student Title IXUnion, NJ
Jo Anne PhangDirector of Admissions - Partnership Programs, Office of AdmissionsRosedale, NY
Lisa RaneyDirector of International Admissions, Undergraduate AdmissionsJamesville, NY
Juliette RawdaAdmissions Counselor for the School of Information StudiesSyracuse, NY
Janet RecchiaAssistant Director of Admissions - Southern CaliforniaValencia, CA
Kenny SawadaAssociate Director in the Office of AdmissionsLiverpool, NY
Tony ScottAssociate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and CompositionCharlotte, NC
Erin SmithInternship Program Coordinator for Central Career ServicesDetroit, MI
Jolisa SmithRSO Coordinator for Student EngagementAlbany, NY
Kalpana (Kal) SrinivasDirector for Retention and Student SuccessBombay
Kevin StensbergSenior Director of Student LivingWisconsin Rapids, WI
Nick StinesSenior Program Coordinator for New Student ProgramsDallas, NC
Rachel VasselAssociate Vice President of the Office of Multicultural AdvancementBrooklyn, NY
Zahra VahediAssistant Teaching Professor, PsychologyToronto, Ontario, Canada
Karina von TippelskirchAssociate Professor of German, Languages, Literatures, and LinguisticsGreiz, Germany
Caterina WhitacreAdministrative Assistant for the College of Engineering and Computer Science Office of Inclusive ExcellenceSyracuse, NY
Robert WilsonAcademic Counselor for Office of Supportive ServicesRochdale, Lancashire, England
Amanda WinklerProfessor of Music History and Cultures, Department of Art and Music HistoriesChillicothe, IL
Joshua WoodAssistant Teaching Professor, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and CompositionDallas, TX
Sarah Woolf-KingAssociate Professor, PsychologyChandler, AZ
Stacey WrightProfessional Writing Instructor, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and CompositionClay, NY