Samantha Badilla Sherly Gonzalez Gabe Torres Cassandra Salas Michelle Bulnes

Building Leadership through your First Gen Club: A Conversation with Monmouth Hawks! - E51-335

A workshop by Cassandra Salas , Samantha Badilla , Michelle Bulnes , Sherly Gonzalez and Gabe Torres

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About this Workshop

This panel discussion will be led by First-Generation Monmouth students with the purpose to share their experiences and enlighten people about the strengths and obstacles to Monmouth’s

integration of First-Generation students into the campus community. This panel will commence by introducing the members from the E-Board of Monmouth’s First to Fly Club – a student-run organization dedicated to being a space for First-Gen and First-Gen allies.

These leaders all dedicate their time to advocating for first-generation students on campus and giving this group a place to commune and socialize. They offer different resources such as workshops, guest speakers, and simply just being a place where anyone can

feel welcome. The panel is open to take questions about the club as well as first-hand stories about the triumphs and struggles first-gen students encounter and what led them to their club position. Finally, audience members will be able to interact with panel

members directly and ask questions to further gain an understanding of each E-Board member’s journey through First to Fly.

About The Speakers

Cassandra Salas

Cassandra Salas

Undergraduate Student, Monmouth University


Samantha Badilla

Samantha Badilla

Undergraduate Student, Monmouth University


Michelle Bulnes

Michelle Bulnes

Undergraduate Student, Monmouth University


Sherly Gonzalez

Sherly Gonzalez

Undergraduate Student, Monmouth University


Gabe Torres

Gabe Torres

Undergraduate Student, Monmouth University