Mission Statement & Vision

Group photo of students who attended one of our Breaking Barriers events

Our Purpose

Bryn Mawr is dedicated to serving the next generation of leaders in society leaders like you. At Bryn Mawr, we aim to provide students with a supportive environment that enables them to explore their interests and passions and cultivate them into meaningful change. A supportive environment is dependent on its community as it allows each of us to learn from one another and build lifelong relationships. Likewise, the Breaking Barriers Program focuses on creating, enhancing, and sustaining mentorship, programming and, support for first-generation, low-income and, undocumented students.

In the Fall of 2017, Breaking Barriers was originally known as a mentorship program created by former students Yeidaly Mejia'19 and Alex Berndt'19 to support and empower first-generation and/or low-income (FGLI) students. Today, we continue to build and expand on this thoughtful work through collaborative efforts with students, faculty, and staff including the development of accessible programming and resources for undocumented students who are highly likely to identify as FGLI and face similar (or somewhat similar) circumstances.

In doing so, we aim to provide Scholars with community and a sense of belonging at Bryn Mawr College.