First-Gen Faculty & Staff

De'Andre Jones

De'Andre Jones

Assistant Director, Center for Student Involvement
Pronouns: He/Him/His


Bachelor of Science, Family & Consumer Sciences & Minor in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Stout (2016) Master of Education, Student Development Administration from Seattle University (2018)


What does being first-gen mean to you?

Serving as a trailblazer for the remainder of my family. Paving the way and showing folks that despite the challenges, that it is possible to achieve your dreams.

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

Financial hardship, poverty, and food insecurity. I was an out-of-state transfer student which made being away from family challenging as well.

What resource(s) or support helped you to be successful?

Mentors, the Outreach Center, Student Support programs, The Qube at UW-Stout

Do you have an inspirational quote that helped guide you through college?

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. - Zig Ziglar

What advice would you give to someone else who is also first-gen?

Take advantage of the opportunities that life presents to you - leadership, service, mentorship, etc. Don't let those moments or experiences pass you by, because they can ultimately change the trajectory of your life for the better. :) You are not alone and know that you definitely have support at SU.