First-Gen Faculty & Staff

Lisa Connolley


Arrupe House Manager
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Associates, Seattle Central Community College, 1989 

Bachelor of Sciences, City University, 1998

MDiv., Seattle University, 2003

Post Masters Transforming Spirituality, Seattle University, 2003 


What does being first-gen mean to you?

Challenging for change and opportunity for myself and my children. We understand that we play a part in our destiny with the grace of God.

What challenges/barriers have you faced or overcome during college?

Having grown up in poverty, there were times in my academic career I was working a 60 hour work week while maintaining my studies. Time management was crucial to making sustaining a household while completing my education.
What resource(s) or support helped you to be successful?

The encouragement of friends, family, and those in my programs that knew success was possible, even at times I doubted.
Do you have an inspirational quote that helped guide you through college?

The words to the Hymn, The Summon by: Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don't know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known....Will you let my life the grown in you and you in me?
What advice would you give to someone else who is also first-gen?

Go forward in confidence, you are not alone on the journey.