First-Gen Partners

Our Charge

In alignment with Seattle University’s Strategic Plan, First-Gen Partners works to enhance the campus environment and retention for first-generation college students by making recommendations for improved support services and resources to the University departments and administration.

The group acknowledges the unique strengths first-generation college students possess and the institutional challenges they face in pursuing higher education. The Partners will listen to the experiences of first-generation college students in order to identify and remove barriers to their success. In keeping with our Jesuit ethos and mission to cultivate leaders for a just and humane world, the group works to dismantle these challenges and create a more equitable environment for first-generation college students.

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Deanne Liu, M.Ed.

Associate Director, Student Success & Outreach

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Mayra Santoyo

Student Persistence Specialist
Student Academic Persistence

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Carol Cochran

Alfie Scholars

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Colleen Montoya-Barbano

Fostering Scholars

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Karina Saunders

Assistant Director
Office of Multicultural Affairs

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Kimberly Shephard

Financial Services Counselor
& Outreach Coordinator
Student Financial Services

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Christina Roberts, PhD

Associate Professor, English
Director, Indigenous Peoples Institute
Associate Professor, Women & Gender Studies

Contact Us


For questions or to get in touch with us, please contact Deanne Liu at