I Relate

To GENERATE Support for College Success

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible’!” —Audrey Hepburn 

Students wearing GENERATE t-shirts 

"I Relate" Campaign

With more than half of new Freshmen and Transfer students identifying as first-generation since Fall 2011, “I Relate” began as a campaign designed to inform prospective and current SJSU students about first-generation college student achievements at San José State. 

Current students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to share their experiences as a first-generation college student.  Each month, 2-3 of these profiles will be featured on the GENERATE website, social media accounts, and potentially additional SJSU materials.  Click here to participate in the campaign. 


We Are First Network

As an expansion of the campaign, the We Are First Network was created to build a community of support for our first-generation college students. The We Are First Network, formerly known as the I Relate Network, is simply a directory of SJSU staff and faculty that were first-generation college students. While there is no formal commitment required of members, members of the network do have multiple forms of participation they can choose from, such as contributing to the newly created First-Generation Scholarship Fund, being a mentor, or informing students of upcoming events. Click here to join the network.