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First-Generation Initiatives

First-Generation Initiatives develops programs to help “FirstGen” students succeed. First-Generation is defined that neither parent or guardian has completed a four-year degree from a college or university within the United States.

The FirstGen staff is here to:

  • Ensure a seamless transition from high school to college
  • Offer academic help through our student success programs
  • Celebrate the achievements of our FirstGen students, faculty, and staff.
  • Mentoring is available for students.

Meet Our Mentors:

Chloe Hatfield

Chloe Hatfield

Hello, my name is Chloe Hatfield. I am a Psychology major and a FirstGen peer mentor! I am from southern West Virginia, specifically Mingo/Wyoming county.

This semester, I am looking forward to baseball season and taking more psychology courses. In my free time, I really enjoy spending time with my cat, Marty! He is a black and white tuxedo domestic short hair. A fun fact about him is, he was born on Halloween!

A good piece of advice for incoming college students is, ask the questions! You aren’t gonna know everything and there are always people willing to answer your questions. It is especially important for FirstGen students to clarify any confusion they have starting the college process!

When I graduate I plan to go to grad school and pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Bradin Miller

Bradin Miller

Bradin Miller is a Peer Mentor for WVU’s FirstGen students. Bradin is from Cowen, WV and is a junior in nursing program with a minor in psychology.This semester Bradin is looking forward to basketball season and meeting new people. He enjoys scary movies and playing basketball. A fun fact about Bradin is that he has 3 golden retrievers.

Bradin’s advice to new students is, “Make as many friends as you can during class!”

After graduating, Bradin plans to return to WVU to become a CRNA or NP.


If you need assistance or guidance and unsure of where to go, please feel free to email Michelle Paden,, to be pointed in the right direction.