The First-Generation and Multicultural (FaM) Business Program is a comprehensive program designed to help its students build social capital and career networks, gain meaningful exposure to careers of interest, and access resources and people that ultimately help them complete their degrees. We provide peer and career/alumni mentorship and offer scholarships, year-round programming, internships, and many opportunities to engage in learning experiences - both in and outside the classroom - that help students successfully navigate their future career fields.

We establish an active and vibrant culture of inclusion that identifies students' strengths and fosters excellence. We recognize and intentionally address historical institutional barriers to student success by strengthening connections with Business School and campus-wide resources, engaging with industry partners, and lowering barriers to a wide spectrum of learning and growth opportunities.

Are You a First-Gen Student?

You are a first-generation college student if neither of your parents completed a four-year college degree. Here at the CU Denver Business School, roughly half of our undergraduate students identify as first-gen.

Are You Interested in Joining the FaM?

Through engagement with the FaM program, students will have access to academic success strategies, mentors (peers, faculty and career), training and workshops that help develop learning and leadership skills, personalized roadmaps for success, referrals to campus resources, and more. FaM students will have ongoing opportunities to be in cohesive community with other students, faculty, staff, and alumni who identify as first-generation and/or multicultural. Through close collaboration with local industry leaders, FaM students will also have unique opportunities to "be who they can see" through job shadow days and career mentorship. 

We provide comprehensive support, increased access to opportunities, and financial stability to help first-gen and diverse students on their path to degree completion. We look forward to welcoming you to the program. 

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Diversity and Excellence  

FaM believes that students enter college with the essential strengths and skills needed to be successful. Throughout their participation in this program, students will connect with Business School and campus resources, deepen critical thinking skills, reframe complex problems, and develop new ideas. Our aim is to work alongside students and empower them to become the the next generation of business leaders.