FGLI Organizations

First-Generation, Lower-Income (FGLI) Organizations and Groups

The First-Generation, Low-Income (FGLI) Program is housed at the Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC), part of the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life. This program provides a supportive and inclusive learning environment for scholars from low-income backgrounds who are the first in their families to attend college. Staff address students’ academic, personal, and social transition needs while facilitating community-building and a sense of belonging at Penn.

FGLI International (iFGLI)
iFGLI is a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania for international lower income and/or first generation students (iFGLIs). This group is looking to foster a community for all iFGLIs by recognizing the diversity of their backgrounds. Our main goal is to provide support and to advocate for the needs of every single iFGLI. 

Currently using GroupMe to share everything: https://groupme.com/join_group/60088898/iE0wezQj

As the iFGLI group is relatively new, we don’t have each member’s position defined yet, but we are all part of this group and, in the near future, of this group’s board:

  • Ashwarya Devason
  • Erika Trevino Alvarado
  • Gloria Iyonsaba
  • Marcela Gomez
  • Sarthak Jain

Contact person: Erika Trevino Alvarado (etrevino@sas.upenn.edu)

Penn First
Founded in 2015, Penn First seeks to build a support group for all FGLI students at Penn. With the help of students, faculty, and Penn’s VPUL, Penn First is able to host social events and to conduct open discussions relating to socioeconomic status and educational opportunities to increase the awareness of FGLI students and to develop adequate resources needed to support the institution’s growing FGLI community.

Finance and Operations Chair: Abby LaForm

  • Co-Professional Development Chairs: Jade Gonzalez, Omaya Torres
  • Mentorship Chair: Sakshi Sehgal
  • Communications Chair: Teji Wang
  • Social Chair: Shawn Kim
  • Advocacy Chair: Jordy Atencia 

Contact person: Jade Gonzalez 
pennfirstboard@gmail.com or jadegonz@sas.upenn.edu

Collective Success at Penn (CSAP)
Collective Success at Penn (CSAP) is the Penn Chapter of the Collective Success Network, a Philadelphia-based organization focused on empowering first-generation low-income (FGLI) students attending colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia area. CSAP organizes professional development events and programs for students to cultivate leadership skills, and to foster strong social support within the FGLI community.

Collective Success at Penn Chapter FB: https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveSuccessUPenn/

  • Co-Chairs: Joseph Arias, Stephanie Tan
  • Chair of Programming: Kiki (Qi) Liu
  • Chair of Administrative Relationships: Catherine Huang

Contact person: Joseph Arias, jsarias@sas.upenn.edu

Quest Scholars at Penn
Quest Scholars at Penn is a campus chapter of QuestBridge Scholars Network (QSN), a national community for individuals who were both selected as National College Match Finalists and attend QuestBridge college partners. By collaborating with other FGLI organizations and Penn administrators, we offer various events that cover everything from career and academics to social life and mentorship. As a chapter, we hope to bring QuestBridge Scholars at Penn together to foster a stronger community and personal relationships, advocate for their needs, and provide all support necessary to allow QuestBridge Scholars to thrive.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuestBridgeScholarsatPenn/
Instagram: instagram.com/pennquestbridge

  • President: Diana Nguyen
  • Vice President: Annie Vo (annievo@wharton.upenn.edu)
  • Treasurer: Jonah Schimpf (jschimpf@sas.upenn.edu)
  • Events Manager: Mennal Zafar (mennalz@sas.upenn.edu)

Contact person: Diana Nguyen ndiana@sas.upenn.edu or penn.chapter@questbridge.org

Seven|Eight fosters an inclusive community for first-generation and/or low-income (FGLI) Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) students. We connect students to on/off campus resources, and we host biweekly dinner discussions on topics related to the FGLI experience, so students can share their concerns and needs. 
Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/seveneightupenn
Our GroupMe: https://groupme.com/join_group/38041997/bWYkNh 

  • Julci Areza (C’21)
  • Linda Chan (N’22)
  • Catherine Huang (N’22)
  • Teji Wang (N’22)
  • Vickie Hua (C’23)

Contact person: Linda Chan (cpeipei@sas.upenn.edu) 

FGLI DAB (Dean’s Advisory Board)
Our board serves the purpose of hearing the academic and social challenges that FGLI students face and subsequently/then discussing them with Dean Paul Sniegowski and other administrators. Our primary focus is in the College but we do advocate for all FGLI students across Penn’s graduate and undergraduate schools. 

Web addresses: Twitter and Instagram

  • President: Michiyah Collins
  • Vice President: Lucy Gonzalez
  • Secretary: Alexandra Vargas
  • Treasurer: Kris Ngugi
  • Publicity Co-Chairs: Amy Solano, Mercedes Ferandes
  • Group Liaison Co-Chair: Liam Forsythe, Ryan Afreen
  • General Body Member: Oralia “Lia” Quinones

Contact Person: Michiyah Collins michiyah@sas.upenn.edu

FLITE (FGLI in Tech and Engineering)
FLITE (FGLI in Tech and Engineering) is a student organization that provides catered support, opportunities, and development for FGLI students at Penn passionate about technology and engineering. We provide resources, mentorship, and a community for FGLI students in engineering to promote success and opportunities both professionally and academically. 

  • Administrative Chair: Brandy Pineda
  • External Affairs Chair: Adeeba Tak
  • Internal Affairs Chair: Bart Mendrala
  • Professional Development Chair: Sarthak Jain
  • Communications Chair: Lisette del Pino
  • Analytics Chair: Andrew Lowrance
  • Finance Chair: Annie Vo
  • Marketing Chair: Omar Swidan
  • Education Chair: Davis Tran

Contact Person: Sarthak Jain (sarthakj@seas.upenn.edu)

Penn Common Cents
Penn Common Cents (PCC) is Penn’s first undergrad personal finance club seeking to mend the financial literacy knowledge gap seen across the U.S. We are a national organization headquartered at Penn with a branch at NYU holding innovative events that make personal finance interesting and inclusive for all. 

  • Founding President: John Ta
  • Vice President: Vivek Olumbe
  • Marketing Chair: Angie Zhou

Contact person: John Ta (jta2000@sas.upenn.edu)

FGLIQ is a student organization committed to fostering and supporting a community of queer students who identify as first generation and/or low-income (FGLI). We are welcoming of all Penn students, including LPS students, graduate students, and part-time students.

Facebook: @UpennFGLIQ


  • Camilo Duran
  • James Aykit

Contact person: James Aykit (aykit@sas.upenn.edu)