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The First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship Program, or FirstGEN, is a paid summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college and who intend to pursue careers in social justice. Our mission is to identify and support first generation college students as they emerge into tomorrow’s leaders.

Fellows receive hands-on experience advocating for civil rights, participate in training and professional development seminars, and join a growing community of emerging leaders in the FirstGEN Alumni Network. Fellows are placed with the national Lawyers’ Committee and its partners at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

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FirstGEN Fellows Class of 2022

Batool Ibrahim

University of Nebraska-Lincoln ‘22

Batool Ibrahim is a recent graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she majored in Political Science and Global Studies. She was raised in Lincoln, but calls Sudan home. Batool was elected as the first Black Student Body President and Student Regent and started “BSU Care Bags”, an initiative aimed to lower the COVID-19 death rate among Black, and Brown communities.

Jasmyne Brown

Spelman College ‘23

Jasmyne Brown is a graduating Senior Sociology major at Spelman College. She has been an organizes with the Fight for $15 and serves as Executive Board President for the reproductive justice group URGE. She is also committed to pursuing educational equity in marginalized communities through mentoring and teaching law, algebra, and literature.

Jeniffer Velazquez

University of Southern California ‘23

Jeniffer is a rising senior at the University of Southern California, studying Political Science and Theatre. Born and raised in Bishop, California, she grew up looking up to her mom as a role model. Watching her journey from being undocumented to becoming a US citizen informed Jeniffer’s advocacy for civil rights and immigration reform. Beyond politics, she is an avid thespian and enjoys empowering marginalized voices on stage.

Victoria Cadostin

Barnard College ‘23

Victoria is a rising senior at Barnard College majoring in political science and human rights. They have previously interned at Pen America and Family Equality in the Free Expression and Federal policy department, respectively.

Emma Ann Taverner

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice ‘23

Emma Ann Taverner is a rising senior at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she majors in Law & Society with a double minor in Criminology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Before FirstGen, Emma interned with Assemblyman Charles Fall of District 61 and The New York Birth Control Access Project . When she is not busy, she likes to practice self-care in many forms including taking care of her plants and creating nail art.


FirstGEN Alumni

Natalie Tran
Middlebury College

Claudia Theagene
SUNY Plattsburgh

Sonia Paz Canton
Georgetown University

Rabiya Ismail
Tufts University

Nghi Lam
Colorado College

Kennedi Holloway
Ohio State University

Brittany Christian
Bridgewater State University

Sykina Butts
Delta State University

Alexia Sanchez Garcia
The University of Iowa

Melissa Denizard
Babson College

Mikael Morelion
Brown University

Lara Adekeye
Boston University

Rula Thabata
Loyola University New Orleans

Cindy Reyes
University of Pennsylvania

Tauheed Islam
Harvard University

Alondra Vazquez Lopez
Yale University

Jazmine Lahbabi
University of California, Irvine

Berenice Davila Gonzalez
Berea College

Daisy Almonte
Duke University

Angelica Mercado
Mount Holyoke College

Melinda Nguyen
University of California, Santa Barbara

Jennifer Quan
Tulane University

Leslie Diaz
University of California, Los Angeles

Veronica Fernandez-Diaz
Colorado College

Deborah Johnson
Oberlin College

Nahlee Lin
Pomona College

America Morales
Wesleyan University

Rhajaa Wright
Duke University

Megan Brookens
University of Pennsylvania

Sanah Jivani
University of Texas, San Antonio

Dianne Kaiyoorawongs
Yale University

Raymond Magsaysay
Vassar College

Renata Mauriz
Brown University

Isaura Amezcua
Georgetown University

Rafael Medina
University of California, Los Angeles

Mayra Melendez
Salisbury University

Lorenza Ramirez
Tufts University

Teofanny Saragi
Pomona College

Emily Taing
University of California, Los Angeles

Karen Vallejos
Southwestern Adventist University

Karla Davis
MidAmerica Nazarene University

Nirvana Felix
University of California, Berkeley

Genesis Garfio
Columbia University

Juan Rangel
University of Notre Dame

Tania Chairez
University of Pennsylvania

Najaah Daniels
St. John’s University