ASU designated as Hispanic Serving Institution. Here’s why it matters


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When Deyanira Galaviz started as a first-year student at Arizona State University last fall, she felt lost on campus, one of the largest in the country.

She had questions about financial aid and tuition. And she was unhappy with her major, criminology. 

But she was afraid to ask questions.

As the first person in her family ever to attend college, Galaviz, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, also couldn’t turn to relatives for advice navigating the university’s system as other students might.

“At first I was struggling because being a first gen student you are scared to ask for help because this is a whole new environment,” Galaviz said.

Then in October, her academic advisor sent an email informing her of a campus group that pairs first-generation students like her with older student mentors.


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