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Breaking Barriers


This group is designed to provide support and guidance to first-generation college students to help you graduate on time. This welcoming environment is a place to connect and gain the tools you need to be successful in college.

Breaking Barriers will help you:

  • Access resources on campus
  • Connect with upper division student mentors
  • Network with first-generation faculty and staff

At NIU, we care about the person you are and the dreams you have. We’re proud of your courage and are here to help you achieve success in all areas of your life.

Upper-division or passionate students can be First-Gen Leaders. First-Gen Leaders act as mentors, lead facilitated discussions, plan and market meetings and coordinate FGCS events.

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Jeffrey Salmon

Jennifer Kestner

Nelisha Gray

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