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First-Generation Faculty & Academic Programs

Find your Cardinal First Peers!

You will never be far from another first-generation college student at North Central College! We are especially proud of the many first-generation students among our faculty, staff and graduate assistants at North Central who were first-generation students. We encourage you to reach out to these accomplished individuals for support as you progress through your college experience.

Click on the following first-generation faculty profiles to read their story:

Stephen Maynard Caliendo

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Political Science

"I'm a proud first-generation college student, and a proud supporter of Cardinal First."

Nicole Rivera

Assistant Professor of Psychology

"I am proud to be a part of a program that shows our students what it means to be a part of the Cardinal family."

Donnavieve Smith

Associate Professor of Marketing

"I am honored to be a part of Cardinal First. The program offers a wealth of support and a sense of community. Participating in Cardinal First greatly enhances a student’s experience at North Central. "

First-Generation Faculty and Staff

Cardinal First Resources

Not only will you meet many other first-gen students at North Central through Cardinal First, you will also engage with faculty and staff who were first-generation college students themselves. We encourage you to reach out to them for guidance and learn from their experiences.

Faculty and Staff

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