Sherry Cummings News

First-generation Faculty and Staff Needed

First-generation faculty and staff members interested in mentoring first-generation students are needed for a new program at UT. The Student Success Center, in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Life, will oversee the First-Generation Mentoring Program for incoming Promise scholarship students. The project needs fifteen faculty or professional staff members who were also first-generation college students and are willing to serve as mentors for fifteen first-generation, first-year students during the 2013–2014 academic year.

Big Idea: First-Generation Mentoring Program

Sherry Cummings had a big idea about how to help first-generation students be more successful at UT. Let first-generation faculty and staff members mentor them. Cummings, associate dean and chair of the Gerontology Certificate Program in the College of Social Work, said the idea grew out of her involvement with Higher Education Resource Services.