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First-Generation Stories

Voices of Linfield

the courtyard outside of Riley Hall in the spring
Lucy Kerr '24 sitting down outside of Starbucks, smiling
the courtyard outside of Riley Hall in the spring
A Helping Hand
For sophomore Lucy Kerr '24, helping others has always been the priority. The pre-nursing major came into Linfield as a first-generation student. She now lends a helping hand to those in the same position.
a vibrant performance of dancers at Linfield's 2021 Hispanic Heritage Celebracion
group photo of students and Folklórico dancers at Linfield's 2021 Hispanic Heritage Celebracion
a vibrant performance of dancers at Linfield's 2021 Hispanic Heritage Celebracion
Honoring Latinx Culture
Linfield University Latinx Adelante (LULA) organizes the annual Hispanic Heritage Celebración at Linfield during Hispanic Heritage Month. It is a festival with live music, food from all over Latin America, activities for kids, and a variety of vendors showcasing different Latino-owned goods.
the top of Pioneer Hall through the oak trees
portrait of Karina Alcantara Guerrero '23
the top of Pioneer Hall through the oak trees
Dedication to Diversity
"As a first-generation student, there's going to be times where [you feel] like you don't belong in this space. But you have to remember that you deserve what you have because you have worked for it and you shouldn't doubt your ability." 
Sun shining through the trees in the academic quad
portrait of Ruby Trujillo '24 outside of Melrose Hall
Sun shining through the trees in the academic quad
Cultivating Community
As students explore the uncommon at Linfield University, sophomore Ruby Trujillo '24 values the personal growth she has found through the growing diversity on campus.
Latinx seniors 2021 group photo
Antonio Peña Anaya '21
Latinx seniors 2021 group photo
Honoring Linfield's Latinx Graduates
"And, most importantly I want to say thank you to our parents and families who sacrificed everything for us to be here today. This is as much their diploma as it is ours; we are their American Dream come true."
Pioneer Hall
Joel Toledo-Urana '20
Pioneer Hall
Giving Back As Much As He's Getting
“There are so many of us who would not be here without aid. I want to give a big thank you to everyone who donates. Without their help, I wouldn’t have come to college or have any inclination of what to do with my life.”
the courtyard outside of Riley Hall in the spring
Lucy Kerr '24 sitting down outside of Starbucks, smiling
the courtyard outside of Riley Hall in the spring
A Helping Hand
For sophomore Lucy Kerr '24, helping others has always been the priority. The pre-nursing major came into Linfield as a first-generation student. She now lends a helping hand to those in the same position.
Eleven Linfield first-generation students inducted into the Tri-Alpha honor society

National Honor Society

Alpha Alpha Alpha

Alpha Alpha Alpha, or Tri-Alpha, is a national honor society that recognizes academic achievement among first-generation students. Linfield's Tri-Alpha Bta Pi chapter was introduced in the fall of 2020 and is the first chapter in Oregon. May 2022 marked our inaugural induction event.

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Portrait of Antonio Peña Anaya ’21 sitting at a desk

Spark Wonder

Knowledge is An Open Door

Antonio Peña Anaya ’21 is one of a growing number of Linfield students who will be the first in their family to earn a college degree. It was a difficult road – until he discovered Linfield.

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photo collage of first-generation students, faculty, staff and alumni at Linfield

Linfield Magazine

The Facees of First-Gen

The faces of those who are the first in their families to attend college are as varied as the rest of our community. They represent all walks of life, all cultures, all socioeconomic backgrounds and include Linfield students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees.

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