Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers is a support group for first-generation college students.  Our mission is to provide support and resources to first-generation college students in order to have a successful experience at NIU and be prepared for life after college.

Breaking Barriers will help you:

  • Receive guidance and resources
  • Network with first-generation faculty and staff
  • Have a welcoming environment to connect with first-generation college students

Breaking Barriers was created with the intention of keeping the interests of students in the forefront.  If you are interested in participating in Breaking Barriers, fill out the registration form.  This form helps Breaking Barriers staff to choose meeting topics based on your requests.    

Upper-division or passionate students can be First-Generation Leaders. First-Generation Leaders act as mentors, plan and market meetings, and provide insight on the future direction of Breaking Barriers.

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Jeffrey Salmon

Jennifer Kestner

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