Celebrating First-Generation Students: James Davison

Meet James Davison

James Davison knows life as a university student can be tough. He wants other first-generation students to remember there is a lot to know about staying successful, and encourages students to utilize all resources available.

Davison speaks from experience, he learned about the TRIO Teacher Prep program in one of his first classes in the IDoTeach program. Program representatives from TRIO Teacher Prep gave a presentation in his class and Davison realized there were supports available for him as a first-generation student.

Through the IDoTeach program Davison will graduate in May 2020 with ‘two degrees in one.’ That is, both his degree in Computer Science and his teaching certification. He’s already completed two internships at Micron, and plans to volunteer at education camps in the summer.

“This week reminds me of all the people who helped me get here,” said Davison. “My family, and also the people in the TRIO Teacher Prep program who helped me get through school. It’s helped me a lot.”

November 4th – 8th is First-Generation Student week. The Center for Multicultural Educational Opportunities, housed in the College of Education, includes a variety of programs that support first-generation college students.

Center for Multicultural Educational Opportunities

-By Carrie Quinney

Meet James Davison