breaking barriers

Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers was previously known as FGLI. At Bryn Mawr, FGLI refers to students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college in the U.S. and/or who come from low-income households.

FGLI is an acronym for "first-generation, low-income" and can be pronounced "figly."

At Bryn Mawr, FGLI refers to students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college in the U.S. and/or who come from low-income households. In 2018, first-generation full-time students made up 18.6 percent of the Bryn Mawr student body, and full-time Pell Grant students made up 15 percent of the student body.

While not all first-gen students are low income and not all low-income students are first-gen, the acronym is widely used to describe students who are part of these communities. Students, faculty and staff across the nation are embracing the acronym.

Student Coordinator Rosario Santiago shares some tips with FGLI students in this BMC news story.

Want to get in touch with Bryn Mawr's FGLI community? Email fgli@brynmawr.edu


Recent  Events

Aug. 4: Wednesday Webinar: Meet student coordinator Rosario Santiago and the steering committee at this informal hangout. 

Aug. 10, 6:30. p.m. EDT: Silence Isn’t Golden: Speaking up and Finding Resources for College Success, a discussion with Marcia Young Cantarella ’68 and Jackney Prioly Joseph ’06.

Aug. 25: Resource Fair at the Pensby tent

Sept. 29: FGLI Game Night


Stay connected!

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Please feel free to reach out to any of the Breaking Barriers steering committee members below with questions or to request additional information.

Breaking Barriers Steering Committee

  • Leslie Castrejon, Pensby Center
  • Vanessa Christman, Pensby Center
  • Kaila Hamdani, Admissions
  • Chuck Heyduk, Dean's Office
  • Reggie Jones, Health and Wellness Center
  • Dawn Joyner, Faculty
  • Emilie Leather, Financial Aid
  • Tonja Nixon, Dean's Office
  • Veronica Ramirez '23
  • Rosario Santiago '22
  • Jennifer Skirkanich, Faculty
  • Doanh Wang, Faculty

 

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Breaking Barriers Program

Contact Us

Breaking Barriers

Student Life and Wellness Building

Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

Phone: 610-526-6588
Fax: 610-526-6593

breakingbarriers@brynmawr.edu