About This Journal
First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience
is a peer-reviewed journal of creative writing, visual and recorded art, and scholarly work from the first-generation college community at Loyola Marymount University (i.e.: students, faculty, and staff whose parents have not earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution in the United States). The journal was founded at LMU in the spring of 2014 by First To Go Program Director, Dr. La’Tonya Rease Miles, Associate Director, Danelle Dyckhoff Stelzriede, Staff Mentor, Jennifer Ellspermann, and four first-generation college students from the class of 2016: Guadalupe Astorga-Contreras, Diana Delgado, Genesis Montalvo, and Alexia Pineda. This publication of creative and critical work is firmly rooted in the
mission of the First To Go program, which is to make visible the valuable forms of social capital first-generation college students bring into the university in an effort to help our students thrive during their tenure at LMU.