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

McGoldrick Lending Library

**FALL UPDATE: We will not be facilitating our Lending Library for Fall Quarter 2020.


The McGoldrick Lending Library is a free textbook lending library available to all graduate students and adult learners at Seattle University.

If you are interested in using the lending library please check out the Master List for available books then fill out the Checkout Request Form through ConnectSU.

If you have any questions or would like to donate books to the McGoldrick Lending Library, please email

McGoldrick Lending Library